Meet our Maple Grove Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Laura Heilman, Assessment Coordinator

    Laura Heilman

    Assessment Coordinator

    Laura Heilman is a graduate of Valley City State University and North Dakota State University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Science. Previous to Sylvan Learning of Maple Grove, Laura was a Center Director for Sylvan of Fargo in North Dakota. Laura has 6 years of experience working for Sylvan Learning, and enjoys helping students reach their potential! In her free time, Laura enjoys playing with her dog Sophie and painting. She resides in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Lynne Thiner, Director of Education

    Lynne Thiner

    Director of Education

    Lynne Thiner is a graduate of Minnesota State University of Mankato, where she obtained a degree in Business/Merchandising. Previous to working at Sylvan learning of Maple Grove, Lynne was a Special Ed/Response teacher assistant at Rockford Elementary, KCS and St. Michael schools. Lynne has 8 years of teaching experience and is new to Sylvan learning center in Maple Grove. Lynne started in February of 2020. Lynne enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas, including Reading, Math, History and writing. In her free time, Lynne enjoys going for walks, biking, gardening, bowling and volunteering at the animal shelter. She resides in St. Michael, MN.  
  • Jake Engstrand, Area Director- Operations & Outreach

    Jake Engstrand

    Area Director- Operations & Outreach

    As Area Director for Operations and Outreach, Jake leads overall operations for Sylvan of Coon Rapids. A former Volunteer Coordinator for Osseo Area Schools, Jake brings a wealth of knowledge to the Sylvan center. He studied at Rasmussen College and received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education Leadership. When Jake isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him reading or spending time hiking with his rescue dog named Finn. 
  • Emmanuel Saye, Area Director

    Emmanuel Saye

    Area Director

    Emmanuel has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He finds making a difference in the lives of the youth the most valuable aspect to his role with Sylvan Learning Centers. When he is not working with Sylvan, Emmanuel enjoys spending quality time with his family.