Meet our Omaha Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Turner Blick, Center Director

    Turner Blick

    Center Director

    Turner Blick is a passionate educator originally from Fremont, Nebraska. Double majoring in Mathematics and German Language, Turner got his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Coming from Sylvan of Lincoln, he moved from being a tutor at Sylvan to Center Director. Turner has been a life-long learner as well as a teacher since a very young age. When he's not in the center, you can find Turner touring all over the Midwest in the polka band "The Happy Players".
  • Carol Halstead, Tutor

    Carol Halstead


    Carol is the Early Intervention Teacher for the Blair Community Schools with a gift for working with children with multiple needs. While Carol has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in discovering how best to help a student learn. Carol earned her Bachelor's Degree from the State University College at Buffalo, N.Y., and her Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. When Carol isn't at Sylvan, you will find her spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, or reading. 
  • Donnie Schmidt, Tutor

    Donnie Schmidt


    Donnie is a substitute teacher in Omaha, NE with a gift for working with kids. While Donnie has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in teaching social studies and reading. He studied at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. When Donnie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him reading or outside enjoying nature. 
  • Erin Haddock, Tutor

    Erin Haddock


    Erin Haddock is a Middle School Teacher in Omaha, NE with a gift for working with kids. While Erin has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. She studied at Dordt College and has a degree in Elementary Education and Middle School Math and Science. When Erin isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her singing with her choir, Madrigali Et Al, knitting, or spending time with her husband and pets, Fidgit (dog), and Dormeowmu (cat).
  • Sara Alswager, Tutor

    Sara Alswager


    Sara is an elementary music teacher in Millard, Nebraska with additional training and experience in intervention and tutoring. Sara loves gardening, hiking, swimming, going on walks, writing, reading, and making connections with people she cares about! As a child, Sara wanted to be a musician or oceanographer. Sara loves teaching reading at Sylvan! 
  • Kelly Hein, Tutor

    Kelly Hein


    Kelly is a former Special Education teacher who holds a master's in Teaching from Marian University and was a corps member with Teach For America Indianapolis. Kelly loves spending time with friends and family, including her fur daughter, Indy! If Kelly could live anywhere, she would live somewhere where she has ancestral roots, like Norway. Kelly loves teaching reading and math at Sylvan!
  • Susan Morton, Tutor

    Susan Morton


    Susan is a retired secondary math teacher who taught advanced math in Oklahoma for over 15 years. Prior to teaching, Susan worked in finance after completing her degree in Accounting from Ohio University. She recently relocated to Omaha to be closer to her 7 grandchildren, and she enjoys reading, traveling, and playing with her Great Danes. 
  • Sara Zents, Tutor

    Sara Zents


    Sara is an Omaha native who is passionate about teaching. She loves reading, writing, learning languages, and music. She graduated from Creighton University with a degree in Classical Languages, and is excited to bring her enthusiasm for learning to Sylvan's students.  
  • Marissa Roh, Owner

    Marissa Roh


    Marissa is a former CPA, graduating from Doane College. She chose a career in the tutoring business because it's been a huge part of her family since 1996. She loves spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors (paddle boarding, fishing, etc.), and a good book. Marissa loves seeing the impact Sylvan has made on families and the surrounding community.