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!

  • 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.
  • Cheryl Yoder, Tutor

    Cheryl Yoder

    Tutor

    Cheryl is a graduate of Defiance University with her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and has a special gift of working with children.  Cheryl would be the first to tell you that she loves to see her students making continuous progress and succeeding.  She has two years of experience teaching preschool and six years teaching second graders.  Cheryl come to Defiance Sylvan Learning Center from Toledo, Ohio.  Currently, she lives in Defiance with her black cat named Bug.  When Cheryl isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her drawing, making jewelry, and hair bows.                      
  • Jill Petee, Tutor

    Jill Petee

    Tutor

    Jill Petee is a Special Education teacher for Napoleon High School.  Jill especially loves teaching Math.  Her favorite subject is Algebra. Jill is a tutor at our Defiance and Bryan Centers.  Jill went to the University of Toledo for her undergraduate degree and Bowling Green State University for her Master's degree.  When Jill isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her with her two boxers, Blue and Arbor.  She also enjoys playing Texas Hold'em and will be playing in the women's WSOP in October.  
  • Mallery Sullivan, Tutor

    Mallery Sullivan

    Tutor

    Mallery has a special gift of working with kids. While Mallery has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Early Childhood Education tutoring.  A native Defiance resident, Mallery teaches at our Defiance, Ohio location.   When Mallery isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her reading, singing, and watching movies.  She also enjoys the outdoors as well as walking and running.  Mallery likes working at Sylvan because of her teaching passion to make a positive impact and difference in the lives of all children.   
  • Lindsey Stack , Tutor

    Lindsey Stack

    Tutor

    Lindsey is a fourth grade intervention specialist in Bryan, Ohio with a gift for working with kids.  While Lindsey has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Math tutoring.  She studied at The University of Akron and is pursuing her master's degree at Defiance College.  When Lindsey isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her relaxing at home with her two cats, hanging out with friends and family, or exploring outdoors.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jayne Steffel, Tutor

    Jayne Steffel

    Tutor

    Jayne was a teacher for Children's House Montessori Schools in Bryan, Ohio with a gift for working with kids. She is a tutor for our Bryan and Defiance centers.   While Jayne has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Reading and Social Science tutoring.  She studied at Adrian College.  When Jayne isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her visiting her great-granddaughter.