Meet our Springfield Tutoring Staff


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!

  • Kristen Fischer, Owner & Center Director

    Kristen Fischer

    Owner & Center Director

    I have a B.S. in Elementary Education & Sociology. I have been employed by Sylvan of Springfield since April 1999, & I have been a  Special Ed & an Elementary Ed teacher.  I love cycling, reading, & collecting children's books.  I also enjoy attending Cardinals games & concerts with my husband, who I have known since 8th grade.  We have had the great fortune to have our hearts stolen by four Great Danes & a Pit Bull/Golden Retriever mix. I spent the summers of 2007 & 2008 working as a Group Leader for a camp in upstate New York.  My favorite city is Boston, & my favorite vacation involves anything with roller coasters.  After 20 years with Sylvan, I became the Owner in March 2019.
  • Dennis Adams, Director of Prometric Testing Center

    Dennis Adams

    Director of Prometric Testing Center

    I graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a B.S. in Education and History. I have been at Sylvan/Prometric since January 2002 serving as Director of Education and currently as Test Center Manager.  As the Director of Prometric. I spend my free time on my family farm, as well as reading and listening to music. I can be reached via email at All Prometric questions should be directed to myself or John Brandin.
  • Melanie Dillard, Director of Education

    Melanie Dillard

    Director of Education

    My name is Melanie Dillard. I am a part-time Director of Education & an instructor at Sylvan. I grew up in Nevada & after high school graduation, moved with my family to Missouri. I began college in MO, but I missed my friends so I moved back to Reno to finish college. I graduated from the Univ. of Nevada-Reno with my BS in Elem Ed with a major in Spanish. I then moved back to Missouri, met my husband, & began teaching in Buffalo, MO. I taught Spec Ed, 6th grade, 5th grade, & 3rd grade. While teaching, I also attended SBU in Bolivar. I got my Masters in Elementary Administration. In October 2015, after 21+ years, I retired. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to teach school age children again.
  • Jennifer Thomas, Instructor

    Jennifer Thomas


    I joined the Springfield staff in 2004. I have a BS in Education from MSU and a secondary degree in Math Education.   I tutor Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Algebra, Geometry, Homework Support, and ACT/SAT Math.  
    Along with spending time with my cat, I enjoy creating my own jewelry, conducting jewelry classes at Springfield Leather, and going to the movies with my friends.
  • Matthew Haymes, Instructor

    Matthew Haymes


    I have been a member of the Sylvan teaching staff since August 2013. I attended Drury University and earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology, as well as a Masters of Arts and Teaching. At Sylvan Learning Center of Springfield, I tutor mathematics, reading, and ACT/SAT test preparation. Along with working at Sylvan, I teach at various schools primarily in secondary mathematics and science. I also provide private tutoring sessions helping students of all ages learn mathematics. My hobbies include reading, listening to music, watching films, and playing sports.