Meet our Manhattan Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Tim Garrells, Director of Education

    Tim Garrells

    Director of Education

    Tim oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Manhattan. A former Sylvan Director of Education in Wichita, KS, Tim brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Manhattan. He studied as Concordia University in St. Paul, MN majoring in Theology/Pre-Seminary Studies then graduated from Wichita State with a secondary degree in Education in Language Arts. Tim feels the greatest thing about Sylvan is that it works! That we are able to see significant gains in a very short amount of time. He is thrilled to be rejoining the Sylvan team! When Tim isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him singing, swimming, traveling and watching Sci-fi/Fantasy movies. 
  • Kirstin Palermo, Director of Operations

    Kirstin Palermo

    Director of Operations

    Kirstin leads Sylvan of Manhattan in implementing day-to-day operations as well as ensuring the academic growth of every student. Previously the Director of Education at Overland Park Sylvan, Center Director of preschools in Olathe & Overland Park, and Instructional Support Para for an elementary school in Overland Park, Kirstin brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan. She graduated from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Kirstin is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Emporia State. When Kirstin isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her daughter and family, camping, and scrapbooking.
  • James Niederlander, Teacher

    James Niederlander


    James is a math tutor in Manhattan, KS with a gift for working with kids. While James has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in Advanced math tutoring. He is pursuing his PhD. in Math at Kansas State University . When James isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him solving puzzles and reading.
  • Meaghan Harriett, Teacher

    Meaghan Harriett


    Meaghan is a Language Arts teacher in Manhattan, KS with a gift for working with kids.  While Meaghan has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching reading.  She studied at SUNY Potsdam. When Meaghan isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her crocheting or playing the flute.
  • Austin Schroeder, Tutor

    Austin Schroeder


    Austin is a teacher in Manhattan, KS with a gift for working with kids. While Austin has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in creative writing tutoring. He studied at K-State and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. When Austin isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him reading and creative writing. He was also on the Lacrosse team at K-State.