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 Yordy, Teacher

    Kristen Yordy

    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.
  • Scott Heimer, Tutor

    Scott Heimer

    Tutor

    Scott is an enthusiastic Sylvan Edge teacher here in our Rochester Learning Center.  Scott studied at Minnesota State University – Mankato and brings over 20 years of professional computer programming and design experience to Sylvan’s STEM programs.  He finds greatest joy in sharing a student’s excitement during those light-bulb, ah-ha moments when he or she makes a breakthrough in developing and understanding a concept or skill.  When Scott isn't at Sylvan, you might find him training soccer skills to young players, cheering for our local sports teams, or seeking out opportunities to test his knowledge of pop culture trivia!
  • Bruce Borgerding, Tutor

    Bruce Borgerding

    Tutor

    Bruce is a Math and ACT tutor in Rochester. He is a retired attorney who, prior to law, worked as a chemist in industry. Bruce received his bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University. He received his law degree form William Mitchell College of Law and also received an MBA from the College of St. Thomas. Bruce retired from law several years ago and has been tutoring in math and college prep courses for a few years. When not at Sylvan, he can usually be found puttering at his home, bicycling or golfing.
  • Katie Derby, Teacher

    Katie Derby

    Teacher

    Katie is an instructor in Rochester with a gift for working with kids.  She particularly enjoys tutoring students in Math, Reading, Study Skills, and Writing and also currently teaches Kindergarten.  Katie received a BA in Elementary Education from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, and a MA in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  She is originally from Western Washington near Seattle but has resided in Rochester for the past 11 years. Katie and her husband love to travel, especially making trips back to the Pacific Northwest to visit family, go hiking on Mt. Rainier, visit the ocean, and take in the fun city sites of Seattle. When Katie isn't at Sylvan she enjoys cooking, reading, or spending time gardening and creating at her home in Rochester.
  • 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.
  • Jorrie Johnson, Tutor

    Jorrie Johnson

    Tutor

    Jorrie is a tutor in Rochester, MN with a passion for helping students succeed. She has been publishing Rochester Women magazine for sixteen years and served part-time with Minnesota Reading Corps. She teaches creative writing and college prep. She enjoys helping students write and edit, plan and organize their work. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from Winona State University. When Jorrie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her running, biking or reading.
  • Lidia, Teacher Assistant

    Lidia

    Teacher Assistant

    Lidia is a Teacher Assistant in Rochester, MN with a gift for working with kids. While Lidia has many tutoring talents, She finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. She is a senior at Lincoln High School in Lake City, planning for an education degree in college. When Lidia isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her golfing, babysitting, boating, or spending time with her family and friends.
  • Cyndi Bontrager, Teacher

    Cyndi Bontrager

    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, Teacher

    Tanya Peterson

    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.
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