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 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.  
  • Patty Chadwick, Director of Education

    Patty Chadwick

    Director of Education

    Patty joined our team in October of 2021 but was a Sylvan instructor at a previous location.  She holds an Associates Degree & a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.  She is a licensed Daycare Director and has worked in the educational field since 1991.
  • Jodie Anderson, Director of Marketing

    Jodie Anderson

    Director of Marketing

    Jodie has been employed with Sylvan since October 2021. She attended Jefferson Community College for Business Management and Missouri State University for Graphic Design. Jodie manages our social media posts and creates our sales flyers, monthly newsletters, and our marketing projects. She has always enjoyed working with children and has nannied for many families. Jodie has also been a substitute teacher for the Springfield public schools. Jodie and her husband have fostered (and then adopted) two beautiful girls. Her oldest has been a Sylvan student for 4 years, and her youngest began attending Sylvan this summer. She is passionate about children and their futures.
  • Matthew Haymes, Instructor

    Matthew Haymes


    Matt has been a member of the Sylvan teaching staff since August 2013. He attended Drury University and earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology, as well as a Master of Arts and Teaching. At Sylvan Learning Center of Springfield, He tutors mathematics, reading, and ACT/SAT test preparation. Along with working at Sylvan, he teaches at various schools primarily in secondary mathematics and science. Matt also provides private tutoring sessions to help students of all ages learn mathematics. His hobbies include reading, listening to music, watching films, and playing sports.
  • Janae Rapp, Instructor

    Janae Rapp


    Janae has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Education.  She is passionate about helping students grow as scholars and as better humans.  She teaches at a local private school and is wonderful with her students.  Janae works with a variety of our students of all ages and subjects.
  • Cassie Hayden, Instructor

    Cassie Hayden


    Cassie has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Special Education certificate from Drury University and a master’s in Education from Southwest Baptist University. She has worked in several different positions in education for over 20 years. Cassie worked as an At-Risk/Title 1 teacher, taught grades first, third, and Kindergarten thru second in a Christian Hybrid Homeschool setting. She has held several different positions at Sylvan throughout her 20 year tenure. You could say, Sylvan is in her blood.  She has been married to her husband for 24 years. They have one son, who will be turning 20 in August.
  • Hunter Adams, Instructor

    Hunter Adams


    Hunter is a recent graduate from Missouri State University with a degree in Digital Film & Television Production and a minor in Screenwriting. He loves to help students learn that reading and writing can be a useful and empowering tool. Hunter is also a teacher with KinderDance of Southwest MO, teaching fundamentals of movement and dance. He is an award-winning screenwriter and is currently producing his second original short film.”
  • Cassandra Collins, Instructor

    Cassandra Collins


    Cassandra has a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University - Central Texas in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She has been nomadic since childhood (she's a military brat and was born in Germany) and has lived on 3 continents, in over 15 cities. She moved to South Korea in 2016 to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) for "a year" and stayed until 2020 when Covid forced her back to America where she landed in Nixa. Since then, she had been working in a High-Needs Special Education classroom working with fantastic instructors and learning so much from the students. Her teaching certification is in English/Language Arts, and she is currently studying to add on History. 
  • Megan Sharman, Instructor

    Megan Sharman


    Megan has been a teacher at Sylvan since 2020. She studies English at Missouri State University and hopes to begin working on a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing in the fall. 
  • Imber Johnson, Instructor

    Imber Johnson


    Imber has been apart of Sylvan for many years now. She started off as a student and eventually came back to do an internship. Imber has now been a part time teacher for 3 years. Imber has a bachelors degree in Communications and Mass Media. She attended OTC for her associates degree using her A+ scholarship and went on to graduate Missouri State University. Imber has a daughter who will be turning two later this year. When Imber is not at the center you will find her spending time with her daughter and husband.