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Meet our Defiance Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Gina Kreinbrink, Center Director

    Gina Kreinbrink

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Gina is responsible for the marketing and public relations of Sylvan of Defiance, Bryan, Wauseon and Ottawa . Gina's primary role is to provide information to parents and the public about services we have to offer. A former teacher, Gina chose a career in the tutoring business because she values education and loves to see every student feel successful. She studied at The University of Findlay, where she earned her Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Administration. When Gina isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her family and friends.
  • Andrea Wachtman, Director of Education

    Andrea Wachtman

    Director of Education

    Andrea oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Defiance, Bryan, Ottawa and Wauseon. A former 2nd grade teacher in Toledo, Andrea brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Defiance. She graduated from Ashland University where she earned her B A in Education with a PreK - 3 Teaching License . When Andrea isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her family and friends as well as enjoying the outdoors .
  • Sandy Damman, Tutor

    Sandy Damman

    Tutor

    Sandy is a substitute teacher in Napoleon and surrounding areas with a gift for working with kids. While Sandy has many teaching talents, she finds the greatest joy in helping struggling students gain self-confidence as they excel in their learning using Sylvan's successful programs. Sandy has a Bachelors and Masters in Education from Bowling Green. When Sandy isn’t at Sylvan of Wauseon, you’ll find her spending time with her family, exercising, and enjoying the outdoors.
  • Tina DelFavero, Tutor

    Tina DelFavero

    Tutor

    Tina is a tutor at our Bryan and Defiance Centers. While she has many tutoring talents, Tina finds the greatest joy in helping students better themselves as readers. Tina earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Ohio State University and her Master's degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Bowling Green State University . When Tina isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her husband Chris and watching her 4 kids in their various sports and activities.
  • Donna Knisley, Tutor

    Donna Knisley

    Tutor

    Donna has been teaching at our Bryan center since September 2004 and has worked with many of our students in several of our programs such as Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Math Essentials, and our Study Skills program. Donna has her Special Education License and she enjoys seeing the students achieve success. She feels that watching them display confidence with their work and a smile on their face is worth it all!
  • Constance Letso, Tutor

    Constance Letso

    Tutor

    Constance is a teacher in Glandorf with a gift for working with kids with special needs.  She graduated Bowling Green with a bachelor's in Intervention Specialist and currently working on her master's in Autism. When Constance isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading or playing with her puppy in her new home.
  • Sarah Smith, Tutor

    Sarah Smith

    Tutor

    Sarah is a  tutor in Defiance, Ohio with a gift for working with kids. While Sarah has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in English tutoring. She studied at Ohio University. When Sarah isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and pets.
  • Diana Wehri, Tutor

    Diana Wehri

    Tutor

    Diana is a retired teacher with over 35 years of experience. While Diana has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. She received her Undergraduate from Bluffton College and her Masters from Wright State University. When Diana isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, quilting, volunteering at school, working on crafts or in her flower garden. Diana loves that Sylvan helps students find their greatest potential.
  • Christina Pergram, Tutor

    Christina Pergram

    Tutor

    Christina is a  tutor in Defiance, OH with a gift for working with kids. While Christina has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math and science tutoring. She studied at The University of Findlay. When Christina isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her family.
  • Audrey Stechschulte, Tutor

    Audrey Stechschulte

    Tutor

    Audrey is a  math instructor at  Vantage Career Center, with a gift for working with kids. While Audrey has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math and ACT tutoring. She studied at Taylor University. When Audrey isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her enjoying a good book or in her garden.
  • Paul Arend, Tutor

    Paul Arend

    Tutor

    Paul is a tutor in Defiance and Bryan, OH with a gift for working with kids. While Paul has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in math and science tutoring. He studied at Trine University. When Paul isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him enjoying a good book or hitting the gym .
  • Caren Beckett, Owner

    Caren Beckett

    Owner

    Caren is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with her B.S. in Elementary Education. Caren has worked with Sylvan in many different capacities since 1996. Prior to opening the Bowling Green center in 2001, she worked in Columbus area centers as a teacher and Director.  Caren comments "Sylvan offers programs that help students feel successful again. The excitement shown by the students when they see their school grades improve is not only rewarding as a Director, but also as an educator."
  • Craig Beckett, Owner

    Craig Beckett

    Owner

    Craig is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a BS in mechanical engineering and has an MBA from the University of Findlay. He joined Sylvan in April 2006, and prior to that worked as an engineer. Craig and his wife (Caren) are involved in the daily operations in the 7 Sylvan centers they own; Bowling Green, Defiance, Findlay, Lima, Toledo, Lewis Center, and New Albany.
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