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 over 20 years of experience in a variety of educational settings with students PreK-College. Carrie chose a career with Sylvan 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, biking, training for and competing in Triathlons,  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. 
  • Heather Hanily-Schowalter, Instructor

    Heather Hanily-Schowalter


    Heather was born and raised in Excelsior, MN. She attended college in Hawaii, where she earned 2 bachelor’s degrees and worked in the science field. She tutored all through college and found inspiration in lifting up other learners. She is now living on an organic farm with her son and their animals. 
  • John Zeller, Instructor

    John Zeller


    John has over 30 years of product development engineering experience, and now enjoys applying his knowledge to help students in all areas of learning. John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. His intellectual interests include philosophy, technology, futurism, human nature, and all things science, and he enjoys reading non-fiction as well as the great literature of history. He loves to pursue adventure activities with his family, including hiking, climbing, mountain skiing, traveling, and water sports at the lake.  
  • Jennifer Corrick , Instructor

    Jennifer Corrick


    Jennifer is a former secondary English teacher and high school counselor. She has an M.A. in English from St. Thomas University and an M.Ed. in school counseling from West Chester University in PA. Jennifer has always loved reading, and has been reading one book after another almost every day since she learned to read! She is passionate about bringing her love of reading to her students, and believes reading books from an early age is the key to developing the strong academic skills needed to succeed in school. In addition to teaching students at Sylvan and reading, Jennifer enjoys traveling, spending time with her grown kids, watching basketball, and exploring the Twin Cities.
  • Emily Pedretti , Instructor

    Emily Pedretti


    With degrees in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Emily has worked with a variety of ages in a variety of settings. In addition to her education degrees, she has a degree in Childhood Advocacy.  For the last two years, she has been teaching 7th/8th grade Science with a focus on Life Science. When she is not at Sylvan she enjoys hiking, geocaching, and continuing her education.