Meet our Springfield Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Phil Ross, CENTER DIRECTOR/OWNER

    Phil Ross

    CENTER DIRECTOR/OWNER

    As an Owner, Phil leads operations for Sylvan of Springfield. A RF engineer by trade, Phil chose a career in the tutoring business because he wanted to help our families and kids in the community gain knowledge and confidence.  He studied at The University of Missouri-Rolla, and UIS-Springfield, earning his M.B.A.  When Phil isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him spending time with his wife, Vanessa, and two kids, Flynn and Oliver Ross.
  • Vanessa Ross, Center Director/Owner

    Vanessa Ross

    Center Director/Owner

    As Center Director, Vanessa leads operations for Sylvan of Springfield. A Project Manager by trade, Vanessa chose a career in the tutoring business because she wanted to help families and kids build confidence and knowledge.  Vanessa studied at Truman State University, and UIS-Springfield, earning her M.B.A.. When Vanessa isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her family, her husband Phil and two kids, Flynn and Oliver Ross.
  •  Cassandra Prindle, Center Director

    Cassandra Prindle

    Center Director

    Cassandra is a Teacher in Springfield, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Cassandra has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading and writing tutoring. She studied at Lincoln Land Community College. When Cassandra isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her going on many bike rides, playing at the park with her children, or attempting to cook up a fun new recipe!
  • Laney Gowin, Tutor

    Laney Gowin

    Tutor

    Laney is a student teacher in Springfield, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Laney has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in English and math tutoring. She is currently studying at the University of Illinois-Springfield. When Laney isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her on the softball field, with her dogs, working at her sister's coffee shop, at home, or babysitting her neighbors' kids. 
  • Robbie Rosenbery, Tutor

    Robbie Rosenbery

    Tutor

    Robbie Rosenbery is a remote tutor at Sylvan in Springfield, IL. While Robbie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. Robbie holds a masters degree from SIU Carbondale. She is also a certified teacher and reading specialist at the grade school she attended as a child. When Robbie isn’t working with children, you can find her spending time with her husband and supporting her three daughters in their endeavors. She and her family love all sports but especially softball and gymnastics. 
  • Ryann Bank, Tutor

    Ryann Bank

    Tutor

    Ryann is an instructor in Springfield, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Ryann has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. She studied at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. When Ryann isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her outdoors with her dog Billie.
  •  Angela Ramsey, Tutor

    Angela Ramsey

    Tutor

    Angie is a tutor in Springfield, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Angie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. She studied at Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University. When Angie isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her spending time with family and friends.
  • TJ Andrews, Tutor

    TJ Andrews

    Tutor

    Thomas is a tutor in Springfield, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Thomas has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in mathematics tutoring. He studies at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. When Thomas isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him playing video games or working on schoolwork.
  • Theron Yates, Tutor

    Theron Yates

    Tutor

    Theron Yates is a Data Engineer in Springfield, IL.  He has a gift for working with kids. While Theron has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in mathematics tutoring.   He studied at Illinois College.  When Theron isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him coaching baseball, exploring new places/restaurants, or taking dogs to the park.  
  • Brittany DeRiggi , Tutor

    Brittany DeRiggi

    Tutor

    Brittany DeRiggi is a manager of specialty practices and a former Pre-K teacher in Springfield, IL. While Brittany has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. She studied at St. Xavier University. When Brittany isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her with friends and family exploring new places/restaurants.
  • Sadie Donaldson, Tutor

    Sadie Donaldson

    Tutor

    "Sadie is a Teacher in Bloomington, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Sadie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in both math and reading tutoring. She is studying Speech and Hearing Sciences through Arizona State University. When Sadie isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her spending time outside, walking her puppy, enjoying a good book, or painting."
  • Tara Biggs, Tutor

    Tara Biggs

    Tutor

    Tara is a teacher in Petersburg, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Tara has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math and reading tutoring. She studied at the University of Illinois Springfield. When Tara isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
  • Chelsea Vance, Tutor

    Chelsea Vance

    Tutor

    Chelsea is a teacher in Springfield, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Chelsea has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading/spelling tutoring. She studied at the University of Illinois Springfield. When Chelsea isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with her son, Elijah, and dog, Gypsy.
  • Sarah Kunz, Tutor

    Sarah Kunz

    Tutor

    Sarah Kunzis an Instructor in Springfield, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Sarah has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading and writing tutoring. She studied at Western Illinois, UIS, and Benedictine University.  She earned her MAED. When she is not tutoring, you will find her spending time with family and friends.



     


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  • Katy Ryan, Tutor

    Katy Ryan

    Tutor

    Katy Ryan is a student-teacher at Illinois State University. She teachers in Springfield, IL, and has a gift for working with kids. While Katy has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math and reading tutoring. She is studying at Illinois State University. When Katy isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her spending time with family and working on her crystal business!
  • Alyssa Herzing, Tutor

    Alyssa Herzing

    Tutor

    Alyssa Herzing is a graduate student attending UIS, currently working on her earning her master's degree.  While she has many tutoring talents, Alyssa finds the greatest joy in English tutoring. She is currently studying at the University of Illinois at Springfield and received her bachelor's from Illinois College. When Alyssa isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her at home cooking and baking with her family. 
  • Heidi Schuffert, Tutor

    Heidi Schuffert

    Tutor

    Heidi is a college student, tutoring in Springfield IL, with a gift for working with kids. While Heidi has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math tutoring. She studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield. When Heidi isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her studying psychology and social work or spending time with her boyfriend!
  • Olivia Garrett, Tutor

    Olivia Garrett

    Tutor

     Olivia Garrett is a student teacher in Springfield, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Olivia has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading/writing tutoring. She studies at the University of Illinois-Springfield. When Olivia isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her crafting and hanging out with her friends. 
  • Lyndsie Crouch, Tutor

    Lyndsie Crouch

    Tutor

    Lyndsie is a pre-k Teacher in Springfield, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Lyndsie has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in science tutoring. She studies at Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville. When Lyndsie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her cuddling with her dog or hanging out with her friends. 
  • DeVante White, Tutor

    DeVante White

    Tutor

    DeVante is an 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher in Jacksonville, IL with a gift for working with kids. While DeVante has many tutoring talents, he finds the greatest joy in reading and writing tutoring. He studied at Lindenwood University. When DeVante isn't at Sylvan, you'll find him coaching his cheer team or jamming out to music!