Contact Information

Phone: (651) 639-1350
Fax: (651) 639-4261
Monday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet the Tutors

The tutors of Roseville Sylvan Learning Center are all Sylvan trained and certified so that they can best address your child’s academic needs. Our tutors are dedicated to working closely with you and your child in order to help your child reach his or her goals. We start by pinpointing your child’s strengths and areas for improvement through the Sylvan Skills Assessment®. From there, our Roseville staff develops a personalized learning plan for your child and offers unique insights about what methods will work best with your child. Ultimately, our tutors will build a relationship with your child and provide a fun, engaging, and rewarding learning environment. The Roseville Sylvan Learning Center staff consists of highly experienced and established educational professionals who take great pride in their work with students who want to catch up, keep up, or get ahead.

Center Director, Roseville tutoring

Jennifer Miller

Center Director

Jennifer has worked for Sylvan Learning Centers in a variety of roles since October 2011. As our Community Partnerships Program Manager Jennifer has overseen and run the Ace it! Program within several school districts throughout the state of Minnesota. In addition to running the in school programs, Jennifer has enjoyed working as a Center Director within our Maple Grove and Roseville centers. Jennifer is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she obtained a degree in Elementary Education in 2004. Previous to Sylvan Learning, Jennifer was a Center Director for KinderCare Learning Centers in Coon Rapids, MN. Jennifer has over 8 years of experience in the education and management field. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her loved ones, getting outdoors and exploring new places, and scrapbooking.

Part Owner/General Manager, Roseville tutoring

Kelli Abar

Part Owner/General Manager

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Kelli Abar had more than 8 years of teaching and coaching experience when she fell in love with Sylvan Learning more than 10 years ago. She saw that she could make a real difference with every student who walked into her centers and had been missing that in her classroom. As part owner and General Manager of seven Sylvan Learning Centers, Kelli is responsible for overall operations and overseeing services to hundreds of students all over the Twin Cities Metro. 

"I am honored and humbled to help change students’ lives year after year. Our goal is to continue to give back to our local schools and community and we endeavor to make this goal a reality every year.”  

Kelli lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and daughter and loves spending time with friends and family! 

District Education Manager, Roseville tutoring

Vanessa Johnsen

District Education Manager

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Vanessa attended St. Cloud State University and received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education, with a secondary focus in Social Studies education. She has held many roles throughout her years at Sylvan since 2006. Vanessa began as a teacher at Sylvan after obtaining her teaching license in 2004. She was the Center Director for several years at our Coon Rapids Sylvan location, and holds her current position as the District Educational Manager, where she loves the opportunity to train and mentor teachers and Directors. Her favorite part of Sylvan is ensuring the best educational placement and progress of all students, as well as helping families everyday. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son, family, and friends.

Lead Teaching Assistant, Roseville tutoring

Danielle DeVore

Lead Teaching Assistant

Danielle has worked at Sylvan of Roseville since March 2012. She is a graduate of Carthage College, where she obtained a degree in English with a Creative Writing concentration. Previous to Sylvan Learning of Roseville, Danielle was an office intern in St. Paul and worked to publish a weekly bulletin and assist in clerical duties. Danielle has 2 years of teaching assistance experience working for Sylvan Learning, serving the Roseville area. In her free time, Danielle enjoys watching new movies on Netflix and doing yoga with her dog.

Teaching Assistant, Roseville tutoring

Jessi Grittner

Teaching Assistant

Jessi is currently in her last semester at Northwestern College studying as an Elementary Education major with an endorsement in Social Studies; she is currently in the student teaching phase of her education! Jessi has been working at Sylvan for about 4 months and really enjoys being a TA at the Roseville Center! Some of her hobbies include: reading, traveling, and being outside (especially in the Summer!). Jessi is very excited to continue working at Sylvan; working with students and families throughout her time here and learning more about what it means to be an educator.

Kelsey Timm

Teaching Assistant

Kelsey graduated from Northwestern College in December of 2012 with a degree in psychology. Besides being interested in psychology, Kelsey also has an interest in education and has been working at Sylvan since October of 2012. She really enjoys being a TA at the Roseville Center because she loves interacting with the students, families, and other Sylvan staff members! Kelsey plays softball on the Northwestern College Fastpitch team; she is a pitcher and sincerely enjoys being a part of the team. Some of her other hobbies include reading, traveling, and being active. She is excited to continue working at Sylvan and learning more about educating students.

Lead Instructor, Roseville tutoring

Kathy Blakeman

Lead Instructor

Kathy Blakeman, Lead Teacher, has worked at Sylvan of Roseville since November 2010.  She is a graduate of the College of Education, University of Minnesota where she obtained a BS degree in English and French with a minor in German.  Previous to Sylvan Learning Center of Roseville, Kathy was a teacher and World Languages Department Chair at Concordia Academy, a private Lutheran school in Roseville.  Kathy has three years of tutoring experience working as an instructor for Sylvan Learning, serving the Roseville and surrounding districts.  She enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas, including writing and advanced reading skills.  In her free time Kathy enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling.

Suzi Lamatsch

Lead Instructor

Suzi graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a degree in French and licensure in Secondary Education. In addition to teaching at Sylvan, she also teaches French, piano lessons, and music classes to students in grades K- 8 (and beyond, for piano lessons.) Suzi has worked for Sylvan since 1998. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two nieces, getting together with friends, and jewelry-making. One of her favorite things about Sylvan is meeting the new students during testing.

Lead Instructor, Roseville tutoring

Erin Weides

Lead Instructor

Erin graduated in 2007 from Northwestern College (just up the road from our center) with a B.A. in English Literature and Writing, thinking she was going to be a famous children's book writer or editor. While deciding what to write about, Erin taught preschool in Eden Prairie and returned to school at Bethel University for her M.A. in teaching for grades 5-12 language arts. By day, Erin is a high school language arts teacher and still nurtures the idea of one day authoring children's books. In her free time, Erin loves experimenting with recipes and testing them out on friends and family. She is also a huge fan of coffee.

Erin is excited to be at Sylvan where the students provide daily inspiration and each day is different.

Instructor, Roseville tutoring

Natalie Dillemuth


Natalie is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she obtained a degree in Chemistry, Psychology and Coaching. She is starting a Masters of Education program through Augsburg College in July 2013. Previous to Sylvan Learning of Roseville, Natalie was a full time student and worked at Concordia as a teaching assistant, lifeguard, resident assistant and swim lesson instructor. Natalie also has spent three summers as a nanny in the Roseville area, one summer as a camp counselor in Northern Minnesota and two summers as a teacher for the Roseville School District Friendship Connection program. Natalie is brand new to Sylvan Learning of Roseville, and enjoys teaching a variety of subject areas, including Math and Science. In her free time, Natalie enjoys being outdoors, camping, and being with friends and family. She resides in Roseville.

Instructor, Roseville tutoring

Mike Boosalis


Mike has worked at Sylvan of  Roseville since 2011, where he first started in the after school tutoring program.  He is a graduate of the University of MN where he received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature/Creative Writing and a Bachelor’s in Humanities/Comparative Writing with a minor in Classics.  He also has a Master’s degree (with thesis) in English Education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and a Master’s degree (with thesis) in ESL-Second Languages and Curriculum Design (with an emphasis in “Understanding by Design” curriculum” methodology) from CEHD at the University of MN.
Previous to working at Sylvan of Roseville, Mike was a teacher both in Minneapolis schools and St. Paul schools where he taught in his subject areas.  Mike has three  year’s experience working for Sylvan Learning, and is currently teaching English and Language Arts and English as a Second Language in Richfield Schools.  He enjoys tutoring a variety of subject areas including reading, reading remediation, writing and math.  In his free time, Mike enjoys volunteering to teach ESL to  students and adults and gardening.

Bill Helm


William Helm (Billy) lives in Northeast Minneapolis. He graduated from Augsburg
College in 2009 with a BA in mathematics and studio arts. Billy finds it rewarding when he motivate students to accomplish something that they didn't think they could do. Bill spends his free time painting, playing board games, and going out dancing with friends.

Instructor, Roseville tutoring

Kris Skeate


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Kris is a licensed teacher excited to return to Sylvan. Her experiences range from urban to suburban schools with students ages 4 to 45. Math and grammar are her favorite school topics. In her free time Kris enjoys horseback riding, crafts, and to travel to warm locations.

Instructor, Roseville tutoring

Jake Warner


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Jake grew up 5 minutes away from Sylvan in Roseville, and attended Mounds View High School where he played tennis and ran cross-country. After graduation Jake took the unorthodox route into the Marines for the next 4 years. Following his service, Jake completed a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His trip to Australia for his Ph.D. in Physics landed him an Australian wife he met while salsa dancing. Jake now lives in Minneapolis and works at the University of Minnesota as a materials scientist.
He has been frustrated before and knows how depressing it can be to struggle through a course, so he loves creating that “Ah,now I see!” reaction with his students.