Meet our Sioux Falls Tutoring Staff

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

  • Carol Hofman, EDUCATION DIRECTOR - SIOUX FALLS

    Carol Hofman

    EDUCATION DIRECTOR - SIOUX FALLS

    Carol Hofman is the Education Director at Sylvan. She has been with Sylvan over 20 years, starting out as an instructor and eventually working into full time as the Education Director. She earned her degree from Dordt University in Elementary Education with specialties in Special Education and Language Arts. She has loved watching kids grow and change throughout the years at Sylvan, as well as being able to see the confidence develop and grow in kids of all ages. When she is not working for Sylvan she loves spending time with her 6 grandchildren, reading, sewing, crafts and baking.
  • Barb Rounds, Center Director - Brookings

    Barb Rounds

    Center Director - Brookings

    Barb is the Center Director in Brookings, SD with a gift for working with kids. While Barb has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading, math and study skills tutoring. She studied at SDSU, taught Preschool for 10 years, worked in Special Education and currently works with K-3 students as a reading interventionist.  She finds the most rewarding aspect of working at Sylvan is when a student masters a skill that they had struggled with prior to starting Sylvan.  When Barb isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, shopping, walking, laughing and spending time at any one of her four children’s events.
  • Bonnie, CENTER DIRECTOR - MITCHELL

    Bonnie

    CENTER DIRECTOR - MITCHELL

    Bonnie is the Center Director at Sylvan in Mitchell, SD. She obtained her BS in elementary education from DSU. Bonnie is currently a second grade classroom teacher, but enjoys the challenge of tutoring a variety of ages in both math and reading at Sylvan. One of the more rewarding parts of tutoring is watching a student's joy and confidence in mastering a particular concept after being "in the trenches" together for weeks or even months. Coaching Sylvan Robotic camps is also a highlight! Bonnie's hobbies include DIY house projects, growing flowers and playing piano. 
  • Kelly , ASSISTANT EDUCATION DIRECTOR - SIOUX FALLS

    Kelly

    ASSISTANT EDUCATION DIRECTOR - SIOUX FALLS

    Kelly is the Assistant Education Director in Sioux Falls, SD with a gift for working with kids. Not only does she teach students at Sylvan, you will also find her in her office working to make Sylvan a great place to be. Kelly graduated from Briar Cliff University where she obtained her degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys talking with students and staff and creating relationships which will last a lifetime. When Kelly is not at Sylvan, you will find her hiking and kayaking with her husband Nick, tie dying, working on a DIY project, reading a mystery novel, or spending quality time with her favorite Husky pup, Koda. 
  • Nancy Clarey, Tutor/Assessment Administrator - Sioux Falls

    Nancy Clarey

    Tutor/Assessment Administrator - Sioux Falls

    Nancy is a tutor in Sioux Falls, SD with a gift for working with kids. While Nancy administers our Sylvan Insight Assessment, she also has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading, writing and study skills tutoring.  Nancy obtained her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Elementary Education from Briar Cliff University and her Master's in Elementary Administration from Iowa State University.  She says the most rewarding part of working with kids at Sylvan is the joy she experiences from lending a hand to the next generation and seeing them become confident as they become lifelong learners. When Nancy's not at Sylvan, you'll find her enjoying reading and sewing. 
  • Lindsey Hinsch, Lead Tutor/Classroom Director - Sioux Falls

    Lindsey Hinsch

    Lead Tutor/Classroom Director - Sioux Falls

    Lindsey is a Lead Tutor and Classroom Director in Sioux Falls, SD since 2008 with a gift for working with kids. She teaches a variety of subject areas including Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Academic Writing, Advanced Study Skills and Advanced Reading Skills. While Lindsey has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy is the friendly environment and the positive attitude toward learning that Sylvan provides its students. She studied at USF where she obtained a degree in Elementary Education and she is currently working on her Masters in Reading. When Lindsey isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her enjoying softball, walking, reading and spending time with family.
  • Kurt Turbak, Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Kurt Turbak

    Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Kurt is a Tutor in Sioux Falls, SD since 1996 with a gift for working with kids.  He teaches a variety of subject areas including Academic Reading, Math Essentials and Advanced Reading Skills.  While Kurt has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy is keeping in touch with teaching and working with the students. He obtained a Masters degree in Counseling from USD.  When Kurt isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him reading, gardening and antiquing.
  • Jodi Penn , Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Jodi Penn

    Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Jodi is a tutor in Sioux Falls, SD with a gift for working with middle and high school kids. While Jodi has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy math tutoring. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education - Mathematics from the University of Nebraska - Omaha. She finds the most rewarding aspect of working at Sylvan is the love she experiences working with students as they find success in math topics they had struggled with in the past.  When Jodi isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her family, photography & repurposing/redesigning antique items she finds at flea markets.
  • Ardis Iverson, Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Ardis Iverson

    Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Ardis is a tutor in Sioux Falls, SD with a gift for working with kids. While Ardis has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading and math tutoring. She studied at Augustana University where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and her achieved her Graduate degree in Special Education - Learning Disabilities from the University of Georgia, Columbus. She enjoys seeing Sylvan students increase their confidence and self-assurance as they grow in academic skills that had previously tormented them. When Ardis isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her crocheting, knitting, reading, playing piano and attending her children's sporting events.
  • SAMANTHA HETTINGER, Tutor - Sioux Falls

    SAMANTHA HETTINGER

    Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Samantha has been a part of the Sylvan team for 2 ½ years. She has a gift for working with kids of all ages. She is gifted in all areas of Reading, Writing, English and ACT Prep. Samantha received her degree from South Dakota State and then received her Master’s degree from University of Florida. What Samantha loves most about working at Sylvan is the variety of work and students she is with. When not working at Sylvan, Samantha is busy at home with her family, enjoys cooking and likes playing with her dog, Layla. 
  • RYAN WILCOX, Tutor - Sioux Falls

    RYAN WILCOX

    Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Ryan has been a tutor at Sylvan for almost a year. He has a gift for explaining things to kids in a way they understand. In the time he has been at Sylvan he has become a vital part of our team, working with students in center and online and in a lead teacher role. Ryan completed his undergrad degree at Luther College and then a Master’s degree from Black Hills State University. When asked what Ryan loves most about Sylvan he tells us he loves getting to work with a variety of students and seeing the progress they make. Ryan uses his free time to draw, paint and read. He also enjoys watching movies and going for runs.
  • ALICIA MERRILL , Tutor - Sioux Falls

    ALICIA MERRILL

    Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Alicia joined the Sylvan team about 2 years ago. She is one of our math instructors, working with kindergarten through high school kids. She is gifted in all levels of math including ACT math/science instruction. She attended Northern State University, graduating with a degree in math education and history. She is continuing her education as well, working on her master’s degree in teaching and learning. Alicia enjoys her work at Sylvan because she likes working with students who have low self-confidence and then watch that confidence grow. That excitement you see on their faces is great! When Alicia is not busy with teaching you will find her spending time with family and friends and visiting new places.
  • TAMMY HOFER, Tutor - Sioux Falls

    TAMMY HOFER

    Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Tammy has been a tutor at Sylvan for just about a year. She works with elementary and middle school kids in all areas. Tammy is a graduate of Dakota State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. Tammy enjoys working with students in the small group setting of two to three students. It is exciting for her to see a student go from frustration to the point where they “get it”! Tammy keeps busy with her family. She enjoys hiking and camping and finding time to do some reading.
  • JEN SOUKUP , Tutor - Sioux Falls

    JEN SOUKUP

    Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Jen has been an important part of Sylvan for three years. Not only does she work with math students of all ages, she has also taken on working with reading students, ACT, homework support and almost anything we ask her to do. She is also one of our lead teachers in the classroom. Jen received her undergrad degree from Minnesota Morris in Spanish and math and master’s in teaching from University of Sioux Falls. Jen enjoys getting to the know the students at Sylvan and watching them learn and grow each hour. In her free time Jen can be found enjoying anything Harry Potter and watching Netflix. Her favorite activity is going camping and reading in a hammock. Dominoes is also awesome!
  • MISSY RAAK , Tutor - Sioux Falls

    MISSY RAAK

    Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Missy has been an active part of Sylvan for 8 months. Although she works with a variety of ages, her heart is with the younger students. She has an amazing way of reaching them and having fun with them at the same time. Missy is also one of our test administrators, working with students when they initially come to Sylvan. Missy attended Briar Cliff for her degree in Education/Psychology. She furthered her education with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Missy enjoys Sylvan where she can work one on one with kids and get to know them well. Outside of Sylvan Missy enjoys watching her boys play baseball, reading and spending time with her family at the lake. 
  • ALEX JOHNSON, Tutor - Sioux Falls

    ALEX JOHNSON

    Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Although Alex has only been a part of our team for a couple of months, she has become a valuable tutor, working with kids of all ages in all subjects and working with our online students. She has taken on any challenge presented to her. Alex attended Augustana University where she received her degree in English and secondary education. Alex has enjoyed working with all the students and getting to know them. She loves helping them do their best. Alex enjoys spending her free time reading and watching documentaries on Netflix. She also loves spending time with her cat.   
  • BROOKE BRAUN , Tutor - Sioux Falls

    BROOKE BRAUN

    Tutor - Sioux Falls

    Brooke has been a part of Sioux Falls Sylvan for about 8 months. She is a part of both our online program and works directly in the center with kids of all ages. Her preference is working with the young students. Brooke attended the University of South Dakota graduating with a degree in Elementary Education with Early Childhood and Kindergarten endorsements. Brooke enjoys working at Sylvan because she likes the variety of students you see each time. When Brooke is not at Sylvan she enjoys hanging out with her family, reading and loves to scrapbook and work on crafts. 
  • Heidi, Tutor - Brookings

    Heidi

    Tutor - Brookings

    Heidi is a tutor in Brookings, SD with a passion for working with kids. While she has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. Heidi is a graduate of DSU, where she obtained a degree in K-8 Education. Heidi is also Reading Recovery trained. She says the most rewarding aspect of working with students at Sylvan is helping them build confidence and reach their fullest potential. When Heidi isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her son, Evan. 
  • Kaylee, Tutor - Brookings

    Kaylee

    Tutor - Brookings

    Kaylee is a tutor in Brookings, SD. She graduated from Dakota State University with a degree in Mathematics Education and also has her master's degree in Educational Technology. Kaylee teaches 7th-12th grade math at Oldham-Ramona school district. Kaylee’s favorite aspect about being a tutor at Sylvan is the age range of students she works with on mathematics and reading skills. During her free time, Kaylee enjoys playing volleyball, going for motorcycle and snowmobile rides, watching a good movie, and being with family and friends. 
  • Jennifer Wrigg, Tutor - Brookings

    Jennifer Wrigg

    Tutor - Brookings

    Jennifer is a tutor in Brookings, SD with a passion for working with kids of all ages. Jennifer is a graduate of SDSU, where she obtained a degree in Early Childhood Education. She also obtained her Masters of Education, Reading from USF. She has taught kindergarten for the past 12 years. The most rewarding aspect of working with students at Sylvan is seeing the growth of confidence and ownership of learning each student gains. When Jennifer isn’t at Sylvan, she enjoys watching movies and reading. 
  • Allison , Tutor - Mitchell

    Allison

    Tutor - Mitchell

    Allison is a tutor at Sylvan in Mitchell, SD. She graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University with a BA in secondary English education. Allison is currently a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher. She finds joy in spending time with the students and helping them to reach their "aha" moments, especially in the areas of reading and writing. When she is not tutoring, Allison enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, trying new recipes, and spending time outside.