Meet our Woodbury Tutoring Staff


Great Teachers Inspire

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

  • Peggy Lyden, Director of Education

    Peggy Lyden

    Director of Education

    Peggy Lyden is a graduate of Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, where she obtained a degree in English. Previous to Sylvan Learning of Woodbury, Peggy was a substitute teacher in the Twin Cities, and a Corporate Communications professional in St. Paul. Peggy has four years of experience working for Sylvan Learning of Woodbury, and enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas, including: Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Study Skills, Accelerated Reading, Homework Support, and ACT Prep. In her free time, Peggy enjoys gardening, reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends. 
  • Jake Engstrand, Area Director- Operations & Outreach

    Jake Engstrand

    Area Director- Operations & Outreach

    As Area Director of Operations and Outreach, Jake leads overall operations for Sylvan of Coon Rapids. A former Volunteer Coordinator for Osseo Area Schools, Jake brings a wealth of knowledge to the Sylvan center. He studied at Rasmussen College and received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education Leadership. When Jake isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find him reading or spending time hiking with his rescue dog named Finn.
  • Emmanuel Saye, Area Director

    Emmanuel Saye

    Area Director

    Emmanuel has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He finds making a difference in the lives of the youth the most valuable aspect to his role with Sylvan Learning Centers. When he is not working with Sylvan, Emmanuel enjoys spending quality time with his family.