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Meet our Lee's Summit Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Larry Finkemeier, President

    Larry Finkemeier


    Larry is a graduate from University of Missouri, Columbia. Larry owns Chief Heating & Cooling in Lee’s Summit and he and his daughter Tricia became Sylvan Co-0wners in 2007 and have many years of Sylvan experience. Larry is a loyal MU TIGER fan and he enjoys spending time with his wife Bea, 3 daughters and their families.
  • Tricia Crego , Center Director

    Tricia Crego

    Center Director

    Tricia has worked for Sylvan since 1994. She has worked as a teacher, Director of Education, Territory Director, Owner and Center Director.  When not at Sylvan she loves playing golf with her husband. She is a proud parent of two grown children, 2 bonus children, and 3 grandchildren. Stop by and say hi!
  • Megan Averill, Director of Education

    Megan Averill

    Director of Education

    Megan oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of teachers. A former classroom teacher of 5 years, Megan brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Lee's Summit. Originally from Iowa, she graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. When Megan isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with family and friends or on the tennis court.
  • Melissa Patton, Administrative Assistant

    Melissa Patton

    Administrative Assistant

    Melissa has just started her teaching career and is excited to be at Sylvan! She is a Lee's Summit local that is ready to give back to the community by perusing a degree in education and working as an administrative assistant at Sylvan. When Melissa isn't helping families at work she likes to play video games, bake, and read novels.
  • Dorene Peel-Lee's Summit, Director of College Prep/Tutor

    Dorene Peel-Lee's Summit

    Director of College Prep/Tutor

    Dorene has worked for Sylvan Learning of Lee's Summit, MO since August of 1995. Dorene has her Master's degree in Behavior Management and Curriculum Development. As a Director of College Prep, Dorene teaches ACT Prep courses, Speed Reading, Study Skills, Academic Reading, Math Essentials, and Writing. Dorene also enjoys traveling, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking, crafts, and reading.
  • Martha Bullock-Lee's Summit, Tutor

    Martha Bullock-Lee's Summit


    Martha is a tutor in Lee's Summit, MO. Martha has been with Sylvan since May of 2004. She is experienced in teaching many Sylvan subjects including Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Study Skills, Writing, and Speed Reading. She studied at the University of Central Missouri. When Martha isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her sewing, quilting, or enjoying a stroll.
  • Terri Hardy-Lee's Summit, Tutor

    Terri Hardy-Lee's Summit


    Terri has taught at Sylvan Learning in Lee's Summit, MO since October of 2013. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Louisiana Tech University, her Master's in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas, and her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from William Woods University. Terri taught math instruction for thirty-one years before retiring. She now teaches ACT math prep, Algebra, and provides math homework help to our Sylvan students. When Terri is not at Sylvan, she is most likely knitting, sewing, crocheting, basket weaving, or playing the organ.
  • Kristy Faitz-Lee's Summit, Tutor

    Kristy Faitz-Lee's Summit


    Kristy has been a tutor in Lee's Summit, MO since August of 2001. Kristy earned her Bachelor's at UMKC and her Master's at Weber University. At Sylvan, Kristy tutors students on Academic Reading and Math Essentials. When Kristy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her horseback riding or reading.
  • Sharon Barnes-Lee's Summit, Tutor

    Sharon Barnes-Lee's Summit


    Sharon is a Sylvan tutor in Lee's Summit, MO with a gift for working with kids. She has been with Sylvan since January 2000. Sharon has many tutoring talents, at Sylvan she teaches Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Study Skills, Writing, Speed Reading, and ACT Prep . She studied at  the University of Central Missouri. When she's not at Sylvan, Sharon enjoys reading, traveling, and water sports.
  • Dana Dawson-Lee's Summit, Math Tutor

    Dana Dawson-Lee's Summit

    Math Tutor

    Dana has been a tutor at Sylvan Learning in Lee's Summit, MO since March of 2013. Since Dana has taught math for 27 years, she is the perfect teacher for ACT Math prep, Algebra, and assisting students with their Math Homework. Dana studied at Park University and William Woods University. When she is not tutoring at Sylvan, Dana is most likely spending her time outdoors. Some of her favorite things to do outside are farming dogs, hiking, boating, and kayaking.
  • Tamara Pitts, Tutor

    Tamara Pitts


    Tamara has been a tutor at Sylvan for 11 years and has a gift for working with teens. While Tamara has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring.  When she isn’t at Sylvan, she enjoys musicals, sporting events, shopping, and traveling. 
  • Molly Morain-Lee's Summit, Tutor

    Molly Morain-Lee's Summit


    Molly has been a tutor at Sylvan Learning in Lee's Summit, MO since March of 2004. She received her Bachelor's degree from Central Methodist College. Molly has a gift for working with kids. At Sylvan she teaches Academic Reading, Math Essentials, and Writing. When Molly is not at Sylvan, you will most likely find her spending time with her family, reading, or cross-stitching.
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