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 a 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. 
  • Karla Janicke, Center Director

    Karla Janicke

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Karla leads the day to day operations for Sylvan of Peoria. A former marketing specialist, Karla brings a wealth of knowledge about solving families' academic challenges and communicating her education passions to a crowd.  Karla also specializes in School Services and works with school districts to give their students extra academic support.  When Karla isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her family and traveling with the high school show choir. 
  • Valerie Swanson, Director of Education

    Valerie Swanson

    Director of Education

    Valerie oversees the educational integrity of our programs, managing and training our team of tutors in Normal, Peoria, and Forest Park. A former upper-level math teacher, Valerie brings a wealth of knowledge to Sylvan. She graduated from the University of Iowa and is currently working on her Master's Degree. When Valerie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading and spending time with her husband.
  • Lynn Campbell, Instructor

    Lynn Campbell


    Lynn joins Sylvan of Peoria with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education – English and Spanish – as well as a Master’s Degree in Secondary Guidance. She retired after 34 years of teaching high school and currently substitute teaches for a local high school. Lynn enjoys tutoring students of all ages and focuses on reading and English skills. She is active in the community, working with various literacy groups for both adults and children. Lynn is also our “go-to” for Spanish tutoring and bilingual students.
  • Clare Knoblach, Instructor

    Clare Knoblach


    Clare’s focus as tutor at Sylvan of Peoria is Language Arts and Reading. Clare graduated from Illinois State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and has concentrated her teaching in grades 1-5 and is certified in English as a Second Language (ESL). She is our go to gal for our Beginning Readers.  In her spare time, you will find Clare supporting her teenage daughter at various school activities.
  • Marilyn Williams, Instructor

    Marilyn Williams


    Marilyn is a tutor at our Sylvan of Peoria, teaching Reading, Math, and ACT prep.  She  received a BS from Central Michigan University and an MA from Bradley University.  Marilyn enjoys working with the older students and finding what motivates them.  She firmly believes in Sylvan’s “Learning is Personal” philosophy. When Marliyn is not at Sylvan, she can be found knitting, reading, and traveling to see her grandchildren.
  • Jes Schroeder, Instructor

    Jes Schroeder


    Jes loves STEM Coding and Lego Robotics. She graduated from Bradley University/Slone College of Arts. She also enjoys gaming, airbrushing, archery, and loving on her Corgi's.
  • Janet Kelch, Instructor

    Janet Kelch


    While Janet has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading and math. She studied at North Central College earning a BA in Elementary Education. When Janet isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her running, knitting and spending time with her family.
  • Sharon Trussler, Instructor

    Sharon Trussler


    While Sharon has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math. She studied at the University of Illinois, receiving her BA in Math. She received her MA in Math from Illinois State University. When Sharon isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her playing the piano, organ, or flute. She loves collecting sparkly rocks. But her favorite activity is kissing her grandson!
  • Nicole Roach, Instructor

    Nicole Roach


    While Nicole has many tutoring talents, She finds the greatest joy in teaching Reading. She graduated from Western Illinois University with her BA in Elementary Education. She is currently pursuing her MA in Curriculum and Instruction at Western. When Nicole isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her camping, watching baseball and hockey and spending time with her family.
  • 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.
  • Jordan Dunlap, Tutor

    Jordan Dunlap


    Jordan is a math, reading, and writing instructor in Peoria, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Jordan has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math, reading, and writing tutoring. She studied at St. Louis University. When Jordan isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her running, hiking, crafting and playing with her puppy.
  • Rebekah Durig, Instructor

    Rebekah Durig


    While Rebekah has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching Math and Reading. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a degree in Math and English. When Rebekah isn't at Sylvan, you will find her spending time with friends, computer programming, and reading. 
  • Sarah Wasniewski, Instructor

    Sarah Wasniewski


    While Sarah has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in teaching Reading. She is just a few months away from graduating from Bradley University with a degree in Elementary Education. When Sarah isn't at Sylvan, you will find her playing the clarinet and cooking. She also loves spending time with her family and bike riding.
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