Dogwood’s Roots

Founded in 2011, Dogwood Tutoring and Test Prep in Sandy Springs is owned and managed by Ivan Mervis.  Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Ivan received a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He lived in Atlanta in the mid-1970’s to attend Emory University, where he earned his MBA in an accelerated nine-month program.

Back in Cleveland, Ivan managed his family’s steel distribution business for 28 years and had a four-year venture in career education. With that diverse experience in small-business leadership, he moved back to Atlanta and became a franchisee of Chyten Educational Services in 2011.  The Chyten Sandy Springs tutoring center became Dogwood Tutoring in 2015.

The proud father of two grown children, Ivan is committed to providing high-quality tutoring services to North Atlanta families and making positive contributions to the local community. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Sandy Springs and volunteered with Youth Leadership Sandy Springs, which helps high school students become engaged citizens. Ivan also participates in student-focused events at local schools.