Meet our Peoria Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Rob Keller, Executive Director

    Rob Keller

    Executive Director

    As Executive Director, Rob oversees all directors, facilitators, and teachers in the Normal, Peoria, and Forest Park Sylvan Learning Centers. Rob purchased the Sylvan Learning Centers in December 2015. He has a BA in Accounting with concentration in Technology from Millikin University. Rob is passionate about overcoming obstacles and mentoring/coaching people to help them achieve their life goals, passions, and purpose. He finds it an honor and privilege to help students and their families achieve academic success. When Rob isn’t at Sylvan, you will find him with his family and friends, in his woodworking shop, or traveling.
  • Julia Cresci, Center Director

    Julia Cresci

    Center Director

    Julia joins Sylvan with an Elementary Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and sales and marketing experience.  She strongly believes in Sylvan's approach to individualized teaching and building confidence.  When Julia is not at Sylvan, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with her three children. 
  • James Yost, Director of Education

    James Yost

    Director of Education

    James oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Peoria. James brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan of Peoria.  He graduated from St. Ambrose with BAs in Sociology and Psychology.  Additionally, he holds a MS in Higher Education from Western Illinois University.  When James isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him spending time with family, genealogy, and watching football and hockey.
  • Ellie Gut, Tutor

    Ellie Gut


    Ellie is a tutor in Peoria, IL with a gift for working with kids.  She studied at Bradley University, receiving her Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. When Ellie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her playing tennis, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Susie Ingram, Instructor

    Susie Ingram


    While Susie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching chemistry and math. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with her BA in Biology, and from Ilinois State University with her MA in Conservation Biology. When Susie isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her working as a naturalist with the Peoria Park District. Her ultimate dream is to start a non-profit organization for women intersted in the sciences.