Meet our Chaska Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

Our tutors and staff in Chaska consist of passionate educators who love inspiring children to succeed. Warm, caring and great at relating to kids, our tutors in Chaska 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 Chaska!

  • Carrie Catania, Center Director

    Carrie Catania

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Carrie works with families and staff to create a successful learning environment for all students.  A former teacher with 20 years of experience in a variety of education settings with students PreK-College, including 16 years with Sylvan. Carrie chose a career in the tutoring business because she loves seeing students in a small learning environment where they feel safe to make mistakes and grow in confidence as well as knowledge and skills. She studied at North Central University where she earned a BA in Elementary Education. When Carrie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her  running, weightlifting, reading nonfiction books and enjoying the great outdoors. 
  • Nina Northrup, Instructor

    Nina Northrup


    Nina has worked in education for more than 17 years. With her strong background in math, she especially enjoys working with students who are tackling new math concepts. Nina has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas. When not teaching, Nina enjoys gardening, biking, reading and spending time with her family. One little known fact about her: she was born on an island...Long Island, New York!
  • Randy Erdahl, Instructor

    Randy Erdahl


    Randy is an ACT Prep, Homework Support and SylvanSync Math/Reading instructor in Chaska, MN. While Randy has many tutoring talents, He finds the greatest joy in Math tutoring and passing along much-needed mathematical skills to the next generation. He has a 40 year background in applied mathematics. When Randy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him writing a data science book and watching lots of baseball. 
  • Donna Tabat, Instructor

    Donna Tabat


    Donna is an assessment specialist in Shakopee, MN with a gift for working with kids. While Donna has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring students with learning challenges in Reading or Math. She studied at St. Olaf College and the University of Texas in Austin. When Donna isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her looking for a good curry recipe or doing yoga at the gym.