A Community Outreach Tutoring Program for Youth

PATHWAYS is a community outreach tutoring program of Towson United Methodist Church, dedicated to serving youth in the Greater Baltimore area.

Towson United Methodist Church

501 Hampton Lane

Towson, Maryland  21286

(410) 823-6511(church office)

Administrative Director, Mary Wynne Eisenberg
Click on Mary Wynne's name to email her.

Program Director, Sharon Penhallegon
Click on Sharon's name to email her.

About our program

The PATHWAYS tutoring program is a non-profit, volunteer organization that operates out of Towson United Methodist Church (TUMC). 

We provide free-of-charge educational support to individuals who have a desire and will to learn. 

This program began in October of 2006 and offers tutoring for Baltimore City and County students at TUMC, where we provide a safe and secure learning environment.  We offer multiple tutoring sessions each MONDAY between 4:00 and 6:00 PM; sessions for different ages are available to individuals and to groups from local schools with whom we partner.

Please contact us if you have an interest in receiving our tutoring services or if you would like to be a tutor.  Contact us by clicking on Susan Killian to send an email, or call (number's below).

Who we serve

We provide free of charge, educational support primarily to 3rd through 8th graders in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.  The individuals we tutor are dedicated and eager to learn, but may be in a situation or live in an area where affordable, specialized tutoring is not accessible.   We try to assist anyone who needs help; we have no restrictions based on age, race, religion, etc.  Though we have no rigid selection process for admissions, PATHWAYS focuses mainly on helping individuals with financial limitations because these individuals would not otherwise be able to afford the high costs of tutoring.  Other youth or individuals in need of our services are also encouraged to contact us.

Our tutors

We have 25 qualified volunteer tutors who have offered their services.  The tutors consist of a blend of certified teachers, experienced tutors, and capable college students.  Some of our teachers are experienced with at-risk youth and students with learning disabilities.  We offer tutoring from the elementary school level through middle school levels in subjects such as: algebra, trigonometry, English, reading, social studies, and standardized test preparation.  All tutors have all been approved by a screening process, either at the schools where they work or at TUMC through our "Safe Sanctuaries" program.

Announcements and Needs

PATHWAYS welcomes financial support and encourages private and corporate donations.  We are thankful for the support of The United Methodist Board of Child Care, The Welsh Charitable Foundation, The Rotary Club of Towson, the Towson/Timonium Kiwanis, and the members and friends of Towson United Methodist Church.

Annual Gingerbread House Fundraising

Each year, PATHWAYS hosts a Gingerbread House activity were children of all ages can BUILD a house onsite or TAKE A KIT home.....

$40/house (with $30 attributed as a tax donation) provides funding for PATHWAYS to continue its valuable work with youth in the Towson community. 

For more information, see the holiday High Spire newsletters. 


PATHWAYS Board of Directors:

Chair, Susan Killian, 410-236-9785
Secretary, Amanda Long
Treasurer, Ken Henschen
Advisor, Dr. Justin Jones
Program Director, Sharon Penhallegon
Admin Director, Mary Wynne Eisenberg
2018 Board Members:
Annie Biser, Stephanie Kimmons, Joe Corson,
Dave Morris, Rachel Livingston, and Casey Schurman


PATHWAYS is in no way associated with Baltimore County Public Schools.