Meet our Billings Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

Our tutors and staff in Billings consist of passionate educators who love inspiring children to succeed. Warm, caring and great at relating to kids, our tutors in Billings know how to engage and motivate each child in a personal way—building confidence and smiles, as well as skills and better scores. We selectively choose tutors who know local curriculum and can link Sylvan lessons to what’s being taught in school. Get to know our tutors and staff in Billings!

  • Olga Prather, Center Director - Owner Tutoring Specialist

    Olga Prather

    Center Director - Owner Tutoring Specialist

    Olga Prather is the proud new owner of Sylvan Learning Center of Billings, MT. If you asked Olga, what she was meant to do with her life, she would answer, “Teach children, help them find a passion for learning that they can carry throughout their life.”  A few highlights of her teaching career include: • Top performing teacher in the state of Colorado based off state student assessments and growth • Teacher of the Year • Curriculum instructor and writer for a top childcare center in Colorado • IT specialist and technology teacher • Nomination for “Disney Teacher of the Year” • Elementary education teaching certification and K-12 social studies broadfield teaching certification.

  • Darcy Stracke, Director of Education-Tutoring Specialist

    Darcy Stracke

    Director of Education-Tutoring Specialist

    Darcy Stracke oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Billings, MT. A former teacher and coach in Colorado and Montana, Darcy brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Billings. She graduated with a masters in education. When Darcy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her coaching and spending time with her family.
  • Ann Redinger, Teacher-Tutoring Specialist

    Ann Redinger

    Teacher-Tutoring Specialist

    Ann Redinger has been a tutor at  Sylvan in Billings, MT since 1996. She has a BA in Education from the University of Montana. Ann is also an instructional paraprofessional focusing on teaching reading at McKinley Elementary School. Ann’s areas of expertise include science, reading, math and study skills. When teaching at Sylvan she has the opportunity to work with all ages of learners. Ann enjoys spending time with her family doing a variety of outdoor activities.
  • Judy Swoboda, Teacher-Tutoring Specialist

    Judy Swoboda

    Teacher-Tutoring Specialist

    Judy is a tutor in Billings, MT  She taught English and French in the Billings Public Schools for over 35 years.  She has carried her English background to Sylvan where she tutors both ACT and SAT prep classes.  She also proctors reading. In her spare time she likes to garden, quilt, hike, do yoga and take care of her family farm.  She and her husband spend as much time as possible with their grandson Carson.
  • Leslie Whalen, Teacher-Tutoring Specialist

    Leslie Whalen

    Teacher-Tutoring Specialist

    The Billings Sylvan Learning Center was excited to welcome Leslie Whalen to their staff.  The excitement of teaching brought Leslie to Sylvan following thirty-five years in the Billings Public Schools . As a Spanish teacher at a local high school, Leslie traveled many times with students to Spain and Latin America. Also, she served as a translator for a missionary group in Mexico. At Sylvan, Leslie enjoys building relationships with students and encouraging them to succeed academically during each tutoring session. It is rewarding as she observes students improve their skills and gain confidence to achieve their goals. 
  • Allison Woten, Teacher

    Allison Woten

    Teacher

    Allison is a teacher in Billings, MT with a gift for working with young kids. While Allison has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Beginning Reading tutoring. She studied at MSU-B. When Allison isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her caring for the preschoolers at Young Families. 
  • Peg Ostwalt, Teacher-Tutoring Specialist

    Peg Ostwalt

    Teacher-Tutoring Specialist

    Peg Ostwalt has proudly been at Sylvan in Billings for 17 years as a math instructor. While she has many teaching talents, Peg finds the greatest joy in teaching ALL levels of math. Peg has a BS and MA in math and education. When Peg isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her attending sports events and spending time with her amazing family.
  • Ashly Marcsh, Teacher-Tutoring Specialist

    Ashly Marcsh

    Teacher-Tutoring Specialist

    Ashly is a teacher in Billings, MT, with a gift for working with kids. While Ashly has many teaching talents, she finds the greatest joy in all areas of science, especially for ACT prep. She has her MA in Science. When Ashly isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her beautiful daughter, Ellie, and her husband, Kevin.