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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 received her Bachelors in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  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!
  • 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, College Prep/Tutor

    Dorene Peel-Lee's Summit

    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 an expert in 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.  Her best friend Louise is her 4-legged friend and you can find them walking on sunny days enjoying the outdoors.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Jennifer Hoien, Tutor

    Jennifer Hoien


    Jennifer (Jen) Hoien is a tutor in Lee's Summit, MO with a gift for working with kids. Jen is currently a paraprofessional with the Lee's Summit School District.  While Jen has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math and reading tutoring. She studied at Northwest Missouri State University. When Jen isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her watching movies, reading, or painting.
  • Katie Amos, Instructor

    Katie Amos


    Katie is an Elementary Art Teacher in Kansas City, MO with a gift for making learning fun. While Katie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in tutoring Beginning Reading and Robotics. She received her BA from University of Central Missouri and her MA from Missouri University. When Katie isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her hiking with her dog, Albus or cooking delicious food. 
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