Meet our Hiawatha Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Dennis Fratella, Center Director

    Dennis Fratella

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Dennis leads the Hiawatha Center! Dennis says he choose a career in tutoring because he enjoys being a part of students reaching their educational goals. He's graduated from Midland University with a degree in Business Management, Finance, and Journalism. When Dennis isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him coaching his son's baseball team, practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, riding his bike whenever he can, and watching the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes basketball and football!
  • Sarah Davis, Tutor

    Sarah Davis

    Tutor

    Sarah is a tutor at Sylvan of Hiawatha and has a gift for working with kids. She received her Bachelor of Education at University of Northern Iowa. When Sarah isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and daughter, watching racing (all kinds), and sledding with her dogs. In her spare time she reads and scrapbooks.
  • Monique Lillie, Tutor

    Monique Lillie

    Tutor

    Monique has taught second, fourth, and currently sixth grade with Linn Mar Schools for 26 years. She received her Bachelor of Education at Mount Mercy in 1990 and Masters in Reading and LA at University of Northern IA in 1996. She has two college age sons (one at U of I and the eldest at UNI). She and her husband reside in Toddville on a 68 acre farm. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, putting together 1000 piece puzzles, and spending time with family. Monique has been with Sylvan since September 2017.
  • Leslie Mottinger, Tutor

    Leslie Mottinger

    Tutor

    Leslie is a substitute teacher in the College Community and Cedar Rapids School districts. She graduated from Mount Mercy with a major in Elementary Ed and reading endorsement. When not working at Sylvan, Leslie works at Lake MacBride Golf Course. She also enjoys spending time with her family, husband Eric and daughter Rachel.
  • Brittany Brown, Tutor

    Brittany Brown

    Tutor

    Brittany received her Bachelor of Education at Coe College. She is currently a substitute teacher in the Cedar Rapids and surrounding area school districts. When she is not at school or Sylvan, you can find her at home reading or working on puzzles. She also enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Bear.
  • Janey Schmitt, Tutor

    Janey Schmitt

    Tutor

    Janey is a preschool teacher in Marion, IA. While Janey has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading, phonics, and beginning reading tutoring. She studied at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. When Janey isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her watching and supporting her daughters in dance, show choir and of course school. 
  • Jasmine Wardell, Tutor

    Jasmine Wardell

    Tutor

    Jasmine is a 5th Grade Teacher in Marion, IA with a gift for working with kids. While Jasmine has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in writing and reading tutoring. She studied at Mount Mercy University. When Jasmine isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her outside walking her dog, spending time with family, or at the gym.
  • LoiDana Miller, Tutor

    LoiDana Miller

    Tutor

    LoiDana graduated from Mt Mercy College with a BA in English and Secondary Education. She earned her Elementary Education degree from Mt Mercy College and the University of Iowa. She taught at St Patrick's Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa quitting to stay at home with her two young children. Once her children were in school she volunteered at their school and later taught preschool, worked with school age, and in childcare. LoiDana finds the greatest joy in tutoring in English and Reading. When LoiDana isn't at Sylvan you will find her constructing bulletin board displays, reading, spending time with family and their rescue dog Lucy, and dog setting her Doodle baby grand pup, Sounder.
  • Judy Bryant, Tutor

    Judy Bryant

    Tutor

    Judy has been teaching for over twenty years. She has taught in the states of Texas, Ohio, and Iowa with a gift and passion for working with kids of all ages. Judy is currently tutoring at Sylvan and will be substitute teaching in the area schools. While Judy has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring Reading. She studied at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. When Judy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her doing these favorite activities: babysitting grandchildren, hiking, and doing photography.