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Meet our Fishers Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Kent, Center Director


    Center Director

    Welcome to Sylvan Learning Center! My name is Kent Kolbow, and I am the Owner and one of the Directors. I received my college education in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During my educational experience, I completed a bachelor's degree in Math with a strong background in Physics, Chemistry, and Psychology. I also earned an endorsement in education. During college, I taught at Sylvan Learning centers in Fort Wayne, and within a few years, became the Director. In 1997, I decided to purchase the Sylvan centers in Elkhart and Mishawaka. I have since had the opportunity to purchase nine additional centers in Indiana. My goal through working with Sylvan is “Success with Every Student.” 
  • Sarah, Executive Director


    Executive Director

    As Executive Director, Sarah oversees centers in Mishawaka, Elkhart, Merrillville, Schererville, Valparaiso, Fishers, both Fort Wayne centers and the three Indianapolis locations.She thoroughly enjoys working with all of the students and their families. Sarah studied at Cedarville University.  When Sarah isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her spending time with her family and friends. 
  • Kelsey, Director of Operations


    Director of Operations

    I received my bachelor's degree from Indiana University in Human Development and Family Studies. After college, I spent three years in the social work field before transitioning to education. My favorite part of working at Sylvan is interacting with all my students and families and seeing all the amazing personal growth taking place. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my husband and dog and anything that has to do with the beach and Notre Dame football. 
  • Giovanna, Director of Student Advancement


    Director of Student Advancement

    Hello, my name is Giovanna Gallagher, the Director of Student Advancement for Sylvan of Fishers. My family and I moved to Indiana from Pennsylvania in 2017. I have a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Master's Degree in Elementary Education, and I am certified in Special Education. I have 15 years experience teaching music, general, special education and graduate school. In my spare time, my husband and I enjoy cheering on our daughter in the Marching Hundred at IU, attending sport and music events, and keeping fit. I am proud to be part of Sylvan and a team that believes in the success of every child. 
  • Taylor, Director of New Family Engagement


    Director of New Family Engagement

    Taylor graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications. She has been working with children since her first job at 15 years old teaching gymnastics. She received her CDA in 2015 and has been working in the Early Childhood Education field ever since. She loves making learning fun for students and seeing them be proud of their own successes. In Taylor's free time she enjoys traveling with her boyfriend, spending time with friends and family, shopping, exercising and cheering on all of Indiana's sports teams. 
  • Bryn B, Instructor

    Bryn B


    I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Elementary Education and completed my Master's degree for Reading Specialty. Reading is one of my favorite things to do and share with others. I come from a two-teacher parent family and school was always a priority in my life. I love passing along the love of learning, especially reading, to my students. Sylvan combines learning and fun, so it is a great place to do what I love! When I'm not at Sylvan, you'll find me reading, spending time with family, and singing in the choir.
  • Dale , Instructor



    I graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a major in Math Education. I taught high school math, computer programming, and physics for over 14 years. I love working at Sylvan, seeing the faces of the children and youth when the "ah-ha" moment happens. I enjoy working with the SAT and ACT Prep courses and tutoring advanced math students. When I'm not at Sylvan, I enjoy playing with my grandchildren, cooking, and working around the house.
  • Julie, Instructor



    Hi, I'm Julie.  My first career was social work.  After having my two girls, I realized how much I LOVE teaching. I taught preschool for many years before going back to school to earn my teaching license in Elementary Education.  In my off time you'll find me hanging out with my family, reading and maybe sight-seeing. 
  • Nicolle , Instructor



    I was born and raised in Southern California.  I received my undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned my master's degree and teaching license from Sierra Nevada College.  My husband and I moved to Indiana with our daughters  2 1/2 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada. I have 11 years teaching experience at the elementary level, and am currently teaching computers.  I love watching students explore what they don't know and watching the "light bulb" come on when they understand something new that has been taught to them.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring new areas or towns in Indiana.
  • Kassandra, Instructor



    I received my Bachelor's in Math Education and Statistics from Indiana Wesleyan and my Masters in Mathematics Education from Western Governors University. I have taught for seven years in both middle and high school,  teaching a variety of math classes from 7th grade math to AP statistics. I chose Sylvan because I love to tutor students of all levels. Sylvan allows me to work with students kindergarten to 12th grade in both reading and math. When I am not at Sylvan I enjoy spending time with my husband and our pets.  
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