Meet our Skokie Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Michelle Michonski, Center Director

    Michelle Michonski

    Center Director

    Michelle oversees the educational integrity and business aspects of the center. She brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Skokie having begun with Sylvan as an instructor in Green Bay, WI, and Northbrook, IL. She is even a Sylvan graduate; having completed the study skills program in high school! A graduate of St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI, she stayed in her college town to teach 6th grade before returning to her roots of Lincolnwood. When Michelle isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her in the kitchen cooking or baking or at the gym working off consumed calories!
  • Renee Tzakis, Educational Assistant

    Renee Tzakis

    Educational Assistant

    Renée graduated cum laude from Miami University with a B.S. in Middle Childhood Education in 2002. She has endorsements in reading, language arts, and social studies. After teaching primary and middle school-aged children for three years, she realized her true passion was teaching younger students. Renee decided to go back to school for her Master's degree, she graduated with high honors from DePaul University in Chicago, IL in 2009 with a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Renee is a PK Special Education teacher in Chicago and she brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan. When not at Sylvan, she enjoys gardening, reading, family BBQs, and movie club with her friends. 
  • Lori T., Teacher

    Lori T.

    Teacher

    Lori is a teacher in Chicago, IL. with a gift for working with kids who need ELA support. While Lori has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Reading/Writing tutoring. She studied at NEIU. When Lori isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her reading (of course), hanging out with her two kids and husband, and playing with her Doberman Pinscher.
  • Kelly Collins, Teacher

    Kelly Collins

    Teacher

    Kelly Collins is a Kindergarten Teacher in Plainfield, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Kelly has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring reading. Kelly studied at the University of St. Francis. When Kelly isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her reading, having dinner with her friends or family, or watching HGTV.
  • Anmol Khan, Teacher

    Anmol Khan

    Teacher

    Anmol attained a BA in Urban Education with a math concentration from UIC in 2022. She's going to be a first-year 4th-grade teacher this fall. What draws her to the field of education is when a student says, “I get it now!” She loves being around children and when she can make a change in a child’s life. She wants someone to think of me years from now and say I was a helping hand in their success. Anmol enjoys teaching reading at math. During her free time, she likes to watch Grey’s Anatomy, try intense makeup looks, play basketball (not too intensely), and cook.
  • Kelly Kukla, Teacher

    Kelly Kukla

    Teacher

    Kelly is a special education in Chicago, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Kelly has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in early literacy/reading tutoring. She studied at St. Louis University. When Kelly isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her exercising, spending time with family and friends, and watching movies.
  • Michele Saporito, Teacher

    Michele Saporito

    Teacher

    Michele is a math teacher at Proviso East High School in Maywood, with a gift for working with kids. While Michele has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. She studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago for her undergrad and is currently working on her masters at DePaul University. When Michele isn't at sylvan you will find her taking helping her students succeed in school and in her free time taking pure barre classes.