Meet our Mishawaka Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Kent, Center Director


    Center Director

    Welcome to Sylvan Learning Center! My name is Kent Kolbow, and I am the Owner and one of the Directors. I received my college education in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During my educational experience, I completed a bachelor's degree in Math with a strong background in Physics, Chemistry, and Psychology. I also earned an endorsement in education. During college, I taught at Sylvan Learning centers in Fort Wayne, and within a few years, became the Director. In 1997, I decided to purchase the Sylvan centers in Elkhart and Mishawaka. I have since had the opportunity to purchase nine additional centers in Indiana. My goal through working with Sylvan is “Success with Every Student.” 
  • Sarah, Executive Director


    Executive Director

    As Executive Director, Sarah oversees centers in Mishawaka, Elkhart, Merrillville, Schererville, Valparaiso, Fishers, both Fort Wayne centers and the three Indianapolis locations.She thoroughly enjoys working with all of the students and their families. Sarah studied at Cedarville University.  When Sarah isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her spending time with her family and friends. 
  • Jamie, Senior Director of Student Advancement


    Senior Director of Student Advancement

    Jamie oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Mishawaka.  Jamie has been with Sylvan for over seven years, and she brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Mishawaka . She graduated from Ball State University. When Jamie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her camping, hiking, or baking.
  • Bridget, Tutor



    Bridget has worked at Sylvan of Mishawaka since 2004. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Mass Communication from Saint Mary’s College, as well as a graduate degree in English from Indiana University South Bend. Bridget teaches middle school English Language Arts and Literature at Saint Anthony de Padua School in South Bend. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked in Public Relations at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Christine, Tutor



    Christine is an elementary and middle school teacher and has a gift for working with kids. While Christine has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring and ACT/SAT test prep. She studied at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. When Christine isn't at Sylvan of Mishawaka, you'll find her learning to cook something new and sharing it with her family.
  • Matt, Tutor



    Matt is a teacher at Sylvan of Mishawaka, with a gift for working with kids. While Matt has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. He studied at Bob Jones University. When Matt isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him running, fishing, and riding his bike.