Contact Information

Phone: (260) 485-1330
Fax: (260) 485-1886
Monday: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Meet the Tutors

Our Sylvan trained and certified tutors are dedicated to your child’s success. Working together with you, we will:

  • Pinpoint your child’s learning needs using the Sylvan Skills Assessment®
  • Develop a personalized learning plan based on your child’s goals
  • Offer unique insights about what will work for your child
  • Teach each lesson the way your child learns best
  • Build a relationship with your child to provide learning that’s fun, engaging and rewarding
Put years of educational experience to work for your family. Contact our center to find out how we can help today!

Center Director, Fort Wayne tutoring

Jane Colby

Center Director

What I love about my job is seeing a plan come together: skills mastered, communication among parents, teachers, kids, and Sylvan, confidence rising, and goals being met. I graduated from ISU and after teaching a few years, I bought a Baskin-Robbins. Luckily, I found Sylvan and could bring my background in education and business together. Our center has been honored often for keeping high standards. As past director of the year, I strive for continued success each school year.

Director of Education, Fort Wayne tutoring

Lisa Bockelman

Director of Education

I grew up in LaOtto, Indiana, on a farm with my dad and brother until I graduated from East Noble High School. I then moved to Bloomington where I attended Indiana University. I majored in Elementary Education and graduated in 1992. Upon graduation, I moved to Fort Wayne to pursue my teaching career. I have worked at Sylvan Learning Center in Fort Wayne since 1993. I love working at Sylvan, especially when I get to tutor students in Reading, Math, Study Skills, Writing, or whatever the student needs help with. I have a daughter, Ella Rose, who was born in September 2005. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with Ella. We play, read, sing and watch movies together.

Instructor, Fort Wayne tutoring

Tiffany Armstrong

Instructor

I grew up in Akron, Ohio, and went to Kent State University. I graduated in 2005 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have taught in Ohio, South Carolina, and North Carolina. My husband and I were married in 2011 and we moved from North Carolina to Indiana in 2012. I received my Masters in Education 2013. I currently am at Eel River Elementary of Northwest Allen County Schools assisting in the ELL classroom. I joined the Sylvan staff in Fort Wayne as a tutor in January of 2013. I love working with students in Reading, Math, Writing, and Study Skills programs. When I am not teaching, I love to read. The Twilight series is one of my favorites. I also love to scrapbook and travel. During the summer, I love to go to Lake Erie and go fishing with my dad and shopping with my mom.

Instructor, Fort Wayne tutoring

Laura Filler

Instructor

I graduated from Snider High School and then enrolled at Defiance College studying Middle School Education in the subjects of Social Studies, Reading, and Language Arts. I am a librarian in the Children's Section of the Tecumseh Branch of the Allen County Public Library. I love tutoring students at Sylvan in Reading, Math, Writing, Study Skills, and homework support. I have seen many students gain skills and confidence since I started at Sylvan Learning of Fort Wayne in August of 2003! I enjoy reading biographies, cooking, spending time with friends, family, and my two cats.

Instructor, Fort Wayne tutoring

Sam Meyer

Instructor

I was born and raised in Decatur, Indiana and attended Belmont High School. After high school, I attended the University of Saint Francis and majored in Secondary Mathematics Education and Special Education-Mild Intervention. I was also a four-year starter and senior captain for the men's soccer team at U.S.F. I am currently teaching Math at Prince Chapman Academy in Fort Wayne. I have been a tutor at Sylvan since January of 2013. At Sylvan, I tutor in Math, Algebra, Homework , and Reading. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing sports working, playing video games, and reading.

Instructor, Fort Wayne tutoring

Karen Pippenger

Instructor

I have been teaching at Sylvan Learning of Fort Wayne since 2004. I tutor kids in a variety of areas including, Math, Reading, Writing, Homework, and Study Skills. I have a library degree from the University of Michigan, and I have worked at the Allen County Public Library and Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. When our children were born I became a stay-at-home mom, and reading books was one of favorite activities. I am the librarian for Croniger Elementary in Fort Wayne Community Schools and at my church. My husband and I live in Fort Wayne, and our three children are now grown. My hobbies are reading, flower gardening, and sewing. I continue to enjoy reading and learning, and teaching children!

Instructor, Fort Wayne tutoring

Michael Lianez

Instructor

I was born and raised in Van Wert, Ohio, where I attended Van Wert High School. I was a band member, Spanish Club officer, and in the top third of my class. I then attended Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor's of Arts in both English and History. I teach Math at Ward High School for Fort Wayne Community Schools. I started at Sylvan in August 2005 where I tutor students in Math, Reading, Homework, Study Skills, and Writing. My current interests are Linguistics, Film, and Computer Science. I dabble in speaking five languages, but none fluently. I can also speak seven programming languages. I watch a ton of movies and enjoy playing X-Box Live trying not to be a target on Halo!

Instructor, Fort Wayne tutoring

Autumn Hulting

Instructor

I grew up in a little town on Lake Michigan called New Buffalo. I graduated from New Buffalo High School and then attended Tri-State University where I majored in Elementary Education. I was very lucky to get a teaching job right after college at Henry Park Elementary School in Angola, Indiana. I taught fifth grade there for eight years. In 2004, I got married. Seven years later my daughter, Emilia, was born and then in 2012 my son, Sebastian, was born. After my daughter was born, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom. In February of 2013, I became a part-time tutor at Sylvan and enjoy working with students in many different areas including, Reading, Math,and Writing. I am very excited to be working with students again!

Instructor, Fort Wayne tutoring

Danielle Hildebrand

Instructor

After growing up outside of Chicago, I attended Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois and graduated with a degree in secondary education; my major was English. After graduation, I was the academic advisor at Concordia University and Macomb Community College. In 2002, my husband and I moved to Fort Wayne and had our first of three daughters. Since having children, I've stayed home with them but still enjoy working part-time. Before coming to Sylvan in 2006, I taught a college and life success course at Ivy Tech. At Sylvan, I tutor in Reading, Math, Writing, and Homework. As any mother knows, I do not have a lot of time to myself, but when I do my hobbies include book club, gardening, travel, attending live theater performances, and church activities.

Instructor, Fort Wayne tutoring

Dan Headley

Instructor

After attending, Bryan High School in Bryan, Ohio, I went on to get my B.S. in Chemistry Education from Bowling Green State University. Following graduation I taught Physics and Chemistry for two years at Cardinal Stritch High School. I have moderated and advised student leaders in many activities including Drama, Science Club, and the FIRST Robotics team at Toledo Technology Academy. I currently teach Chemistry at Northrop High School for Fort Wayne Community Schools. I began tutoring at Sylvan in 2011 working with students in the areas of Math, Reading, Writing, Homework, and study skills. In my free time, I enjoy camping, singing, playing trumpet, guitar, and piano.

Instructor, Fort Wayne tutoring

Joshua Ziegler

Instructor

I was born in Hollywood, Florida, but moved to Fort Wayne at a young age. I graduated from Northrup High School in 2001. I attended Ball State University and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education:Mathematics. I taught for three years in public schools. I got married in 2007 to my wife, Jamie. I love teaching because I can see the light turn on and the elation when someone understands something they never thought they could. I enjoy tutoring students in Math, Homework, Reading, and Study Skills. I enjoy reading, watching movies, and playing all kinds of games from video games to board games and paper/pencil RPGs.

Instructor, Fort Wayne tutoring

Casey Ostermeyer

Instructor

I am originally from Indiana where I attended Ball State University and earned A B.S. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading. After graduating, I taught kindergarten for a year at Waterloo Elementary School. After a tough decision, I chose to substitute teach the next year at Fort Wayne Community Schools. I then moved to Rhode Island and was a substitute and work at the Sylvan center there. I am now back in the Fort and working as a Title 1 Interventionist at Franke Park Elementary School as well as tutoring at Sylvan. I love working with students with Math, Reading, and Writing skills. In my spare time, I like to read, cook, roller blade, take walks with my dog, and watch my boyfriend play baseball. Go Red Sox!