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Meet our Rochester Tutoring Staff

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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, Center Director

    Dave Blissenbach

    Center Director

    As Center 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.
  • Aynsley Allert, Director of Education

    Aynsley Allert

    Director of Education

    Aynsley is responsible for maintaining a high quality of education in our center. 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 Bogovich, Tutor

    Richard Bogovich

    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 leading the Rochester Area Math Science Partnership and writing books about baseball history.
  • Kristen Schultz, Teacher

    Kristen Schultz

    Teacher

    Kristen is a Reading, Math, and Social Studies teacher in Rochester with a gift for working with kids. While Kristen has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading and Social Studies tutoring. She studied at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. When Kristen isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her working at Charter House, Reading, Learning new crafts, hanging with friends, or watching favorite movies/tv shows.
  • Kathie Hughes, Teacher

    Kathie Hughes

    Teacher

    Kathie is a teacher in Rochester, Minnesota, with a gift for working with kids. While Kathie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. She studied at Winona State University. When Kathie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with family and friends, baking, sewing, and listening to music.
  • Cyndi Faris, Teacher

    Cyndi Faris

    Teacher

    Cyndi is a teacher in Rochester, MN with a gift for working with kids. While Cyndi has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. She studied at the University of Northern Iowa. When Cyndi isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her family (especially her grandchildren), sewing and reading.
  • Ramona Norwood, Teacher

    Ramona Norwood

    Teacher

    Ramona is a teacher in Rochester, MN with a gift for working with kids.  While Ramona has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Reading, Math, and Homework Support.  She has a BS in Education from Chicago State University and a MS in Education from the University of Illinois.  When Ramona isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her reading mystery and law books, playing table tennis or shooting pool.
  • Tanya Peterson, Lead Teacher

    Tanya Peterson

    Lead Teacher

    Tanya is a teacher in Rochester, MN with a gift for working with kids.  While Tanya has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Reading and Study Skills tutoring.  She has a BS in Education from Winona State University.  When Tanya isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her traveling to new places to explore.
  • Jennifer Blissenbach, Tutor

    Jennifer Blissenbach

    Tutor

    Jennifer is a tutor in Rochester MN with a gift for working with kids. While Jennifer has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Reading, and Study Skills. 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.
  • Elliott Moseley, Teacher

    Elliott Moseley

    Teacher

    Elliott is a teacher in Rochester with a gift for working with kids.  While Elliott has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in reading, writing, math, and study skills tutoring.  He graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.  When Elliott isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him playing piano or guitar, watching soccer, cooking, or going on walks with his wife.
  • Ellen Kuznicki, Teacher

    Ellen Kuznicki

    Teacher

    Ellen is a teacher in Rochester with a gift for working with kids.  She 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, gardening, and traveling.
  • Susan Burriss, Tutor

    Susan Burriss

    Tutor

    Susan is a tutor in Rochester, MN. Susan has numerous tutoring talents, but finds most joy in Math and Study Skills Tutoring. Susan has her masters degree and as well is an online instructor for Franklin University. She enjoys traveling, yoga and reading.
  • Alex Lieder, Teacher

    Alex Lieder

    Teacher

    Alex is teacher in Rochester with a gift for working with kids.  While Alex has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in reading, math, and writing tutoring.  He studied at St. Cloud State and Winona State Universities, and holds bachelors and masters degrees in Education.  When Alex isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him reading, woodworking, or playing hockey or baseball.
  • Jon Franklin, Teacher

    Jon Franklin

    Teacher

    Jon is a teacher in Rochester with a gift for working with kids.  While Jon has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in math tutoring.  He has a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University.  When Jon isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him camping in the BWCA, playing spikeball or longboarding.
  • Mohamed Jama, Tutor

    Mohamed Jama

    Tutor

    Mohamed is a tutor in Rochester with a gift for working with kids. While Mohamed has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in Math tutoring.  He studied at York University.  When Mohamed isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him playing basketball, watching TV, and learning new things.
  • Laura Nordlund, Teacher

    Laura Nordlund

    Teacher

    Laura is a Teacher in Rochester with a gift for working with kids. While Laura has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in Reading and Study Skills tutoring. She has a Bachelors degree from Minnesota State Mankato and a Masters degree from St. Mary's University. When Laura isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her camping, or shopping with friends and family.
  • Keith Tally, Teacher

    Keith Tally

    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.
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