Meet our Rochester Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Dave Blissenbach, Executive Director

    Dave Blissenbach

    Executive Director

    As Executive Director, Dave leads community outreach and overall operations for Sylvan of Rochester. A former engineer and business owner, Dave chose a career in the tutoring business because he wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. Dave received his degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from North Dakota State University. When Dave isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him spending time playing basketball or softball, running marathons, flying airplanes, and helping coach his kids’ teams.
  • Jennifer, Center Director


    Center Director

    Jennifer is responsible for leading the center's daily operations. With a background of over 20 years of customer service, Jennifer enjoys working with kids and meeting with families. She has a BA from the University of Minnesota.  When Jennifer isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her playing volleyball, volunteering at school, or spending time outdoors.
  • James, Center Director


    Center Director

    James graduated from Loras College in Iowa.  He has an Elementary Education Endorsement in History for grades K-8.  While James has many tutoring talents, he enjoys teaching Reading, Math and Writing programs.  When James isn't at Sylvan you will find him enjoying the outdoors, writing and reading.  
  • Keith, Teacher



    Keith is a  teacher in Rochester, MN with a gift for working with kids. While Keith has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in Math, Study Skills, and Homework Support. He studied at Iowa State, Hope Intl. University, and Winona State University. When Keith isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him playing piano and singing.
  • Ellen, Teacher



    Ellen is a teacher in Rochester with a gift for working with kids. Ellen is a retired teacher who has taught all levels from preschool through adult. She has a Bachelor's degree from UW Milwaukee and a Master's from UW River Falls. When Ellen isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her reading, completing crossword puzzles, trying new recipes, gardening, and traveling.
  • Michaela, Tutor



    Michaela has many tutoring talents, but finds the greatest joy in Math tutoring.  Michaela has her Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, with a focus on Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  When Michaela isn't at Sylvan, you will find her reading, watching movies, running and spending time with her family. 
  • Aynsley, Teacher



    While Aynsley has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading, math, study skills, and writing tutoring. She studied at the University of Wisconsin - Stout where she received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and she received her MBA from Augsburg College. Aynsley’s past experience includes Executive Director of Civic League Day Nursery and former Center Director at Sylvan Learning Center. When Aynsley isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her horseback riding, reading, cooking, and traveling.
  • Richard, Tutor



    Rich is a Math and ACT Tutor in Rochester with a gift for working with kids. While Rich has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in algebra and geometry tutoring. He studied at Northern Illinois University. When Rich isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him mentoring Technovation Girls and writing books about baseball history.