Contact Information

Phone: (701) 223-0010
Fax: (701) 223-1239
Monday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 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: 8:00 AM - 3:00 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!

Executive Director, Bismarck tutoring

Kari Weigel

Executive Director

Bachelor of Accountancy, University of North Dakota. Kari started with Sylvan when it opened in July 1995. She rejoined Sylvan in June 2004. Kari spends much of her time introducing families to Sylvan, answering their questions, and matching students up with a program built just for them! In her free time she enjoys going to coffee, playing scrabble, reading, playing with her young children, and spending time with her extended family.

Executive Director and Territory Manager for Ace it! Tutoring, Bismarck tutoring

Ellen Jacobson

Executive Director and Territory Manager for Ace it! Tutoring

B.A. Elementary Education, Minot State University. Ellen is the owner and director of the Sylvan Learning Center in Bismarck. She opened the center in July 1995. Prior to Sylvan she was a classroom teacher in Mandan, ND, and Wibaux, MT, for 18 years. Ellen also is in charge of a new program, Ace it! Tutoring. This program can be taken into the schools and administered there. Ellen enjoys playing with her 5 grandchildren, scrabble, reading, and spending time on the river in the summer.

Director, Bismarck tutoring

Maren Gerhardt

Director

Maren joined Sylvan in 2006. Prior to working at Sylvan, Maren earned her BS in education from the University of North Dakota and taught in the public school system for five years. With a passion for math and higher level education, Maren has overseen the ACT and college prep programs in addition to other programs Sylvan offers. When asked why she chose Sylvan over the classroom, her answer was simple, “At Sylvan, we teach kids to love to learn!” Away from Sylvan, you will find Maren playing outdoors somewhere with her family, whether it is the mountains of Montana, the lakes of Minnesota, or out for a run somewhere in-between.

Director, Bismarck tutoring

Tamara Wagner

Director

Tamara started her Sylvan journey in 2004. She was a teacher/administrative assistant in Michigan for almost a year. From there, she moved to Las Vegas, NV. She stayed with the Henderson Sylvan for a little over 6 years in a Directorship position. In 2011 her family decided to move home to the Bismarck/Mandan area. She immediately joined and began as a Director with the Bismarck team. She earned her Elementary Education degree from VCSU and Business Administration from NDSU. Her favorite opportunities at Sylvan are helping families reach their goals, as well as, watching students’ transform with their new found success and confidence! In her spare time, she loves being with her family and playing with her two kids. In addition, she enjoys exercising and watching football (you can always catch her cheering on the Green Bay Packers-Go, Pack, Go)!

Education Coordinator, Bismarck tutoring

Sam Duttenhefner

Education Coordinator

Sam Duttenhefner has been with Sylvan Learning Center of Bismarck since January 2012. Recently, she took the position of Educational Coordinator. In the past, she has served as a special education teacher for students with a variety of disabilities in Williston and rural Bismarck/Mandan schools. There she worked working families and community resources to build skills in her students. Her favorite part of teaching is figuring out strategies that work for each individual student so they can feel empowered by school instead of discouraged.

Chief Financial Officer, Bismarck tutoring

Ryan Weigel

Chief Financial Officer

Masters of Business Taxation, University of Minnesota, and Bachelor of Accountancy, University of North Dakota. Ryan joined Sylvan in September 2008. We are lucky to have him here. He manages the "business" side of Sylvan. In his free time he enjoys golfing, softball, running, spending time with his three little kids, and watching football, baseball or any other sport.

Jackie Benzinger

Instructor

My name is Jackie Benzinger and I have been a teacher for eight years. I graduated from Dickinson State University with my degree in Elementary Education. I worked for Sylvan in Nashville, TN in 2008/2009 and recently began tutoring at the Bismarck Center. I have been away from North Dakota for the past six years and I am very excited to be home once again. I am currently pursing my Masters Degree in School Counseling so I don't have too much spare time but when I do I enjoy reading, traveling, going to concerts, and of course spending time with my family.

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Megan Berger

Instructor

Pamela Birrenkott

Instructor

Pamela joined Sylvan in March of 2013 and will graduate from the University of Mary in August 2013. She enjoys snowboarding, fishing, camping and spending time with her family. She is so excited to work at Sylvan because she enjoys teaching kids so that they can become the people they are intended to be.

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Stephanie Bosch

Instructor

Suzy Bricker

Instructor - Williston

Hello, my name is Suzanne and I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. In college I minored in vocal music and still hold a passion for singing and the performing arts. However, nothing quite beats a good book or seeing a movie with family. I tutored college students at UWSP while getting my degree, and I really enjoyed the one-on-one work. It's nice to get to know students personally so I look forward to tutoring with Sylvan.

Sandy Brodie

Instructor

Sandy joined Sylvan in May 2012. She is a graduate of Montana State University. Sandy teaches Math Essentials and enjoys helping students become confident in their math skills. Outside of Sylvan she is a substitute teacher.

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Dan Cahoon

Instructor

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Leah Grinsteinner

Instructor

Leah Grinsteinner has been with Sylvan since August 2013. She graduated from Dickinson State University with a B.S. in Mathematics Education and a focus in Middle School Composite Science. She enjoys seeing the students' confidence and enthusiasm grow because of their accomplishments. When not at Sylvan, Leah enjoys golfing, reading, and playing the piano.

Janeane Hessinger

Test Administrator

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Sharla Hoffert

Instructor

My name is Sharla Hoffert. I grew up and graduated high school in Mandan, North Dakota. I graduated from Dickinson State University in January of 2013 with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education as well as my Kindergarten Endorsement. I am currently working in Center, North Dakota as one of the Kindergarten instructors and at Sylvan Learning Center.

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

McKyla Hondl

Instructor

Toni Hostetler

Instructor

I have a Master's Degree in Reading & Literacy from Capella University and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Dickinson State University. I have a variety of teaching experience including a combined Seventh and Eighth Grade, Special Education, Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade Teacher. Currently, I am blessed to provide my son and nieces with the best opportunities in my home. I love spending time at church, motorcycling, reading and being with family and friends. I have a great joy being apart of a program that focuses on children building confidence while learning and reaching their potential!

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Kelsey Kudrna

Instructor

Kelsey has been with Sylvan since January 2013. She is an instructor for Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Beginning Reading, Study Skills and Advanced Reading Skills. Kelsey graduated from Dickinson State University in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Composite Social Science. She also has a Middle School Endorsement for Social Sciences. In addition to working at Sylvan, she is an Instructional Aide at Legacy High School in Bismarck. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, coaching and spending time outdoors.

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Valerie Kuntz

Instructor

Currently I am a second grade teacher at St. Marys Grade School here in Bismarck. I love helping enrich children's lives and am blessed with the joy that they bring to mine. I grew up outside of Bismarck on a farm, raising cattle and many other pets. I was very involved in 4-H and the community. I graduated from St. Marys High School and then attended college in Helena, MT. After graduating there with my degree in Elementary Education I lived in Mississippi for 3 years while my husband obtained his masters degree. We moved back to Bismarck in 2012 and now live on the farm raising cattle of our own. I love working at Sylvan during the summer and school year. The staff and students are fabulous.

Mick Lenhardt

Instructor

Mick joined Sylvan in January 2014 and he really enjoys the unique opportunity it gives him to work with students in a small group setting. In his free time he enjoys coaching soccer at Simle, reading and running.

Gayle Markham

Instructor

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Beth Owen

Instructor

Beth joined Sylvan in November 2012. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor of Education in 2002 and a Masters of Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University in 2010. She taught in Phoenix, AZ for 8 years and in Spokane, WA for 1 year before moving back to Bismarck. Beth spends her free time reading, watching sports with her husband and spending time with her family.

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Corby Rachel

Instructor

Corby has been subbing at Sylvan since 1995. She works with Sylvan Math Essentials and Academic Reading. She has been a retired elemantary teacher since 2011. She loves reading, travelling and going for long walks.

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

April Schmidt

Instructor

April has been with Sylvan since November 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Dickinson State University in December 2012. She also has her minor degree in Middle School Mathematics and Composite Science. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family as well as reading and rollerblading.

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Laurie Schwartz

Instructor

Laurie has been with Sylvan for over 13 years. Outside of Sylvan, she teaches at Roosevelt Elementary in Mandan. She teaches Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Math and Advanced Reading Skills. Her hobbies include softball, camping and reading.

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Nicole Sibla

Instructor

Instructor, Bismarck tutoring

Bev Stieg

Instructor

Bev has been teaching at Sylvan since 2004. Working with students to help them feel success in their efforts is her favorite aspect of teaching. Kids keep Bev feeling her youth. Bev loves to see the growth in her students and see their attitudes toward learning become more positive.

Sherry Wald

Instructor

My name is Sherry Wald and I have a BS and MS in Early Childhood Education which I received through UND. In the last few years I went on to get my Elementary Endorsement and Reading and Math credentials. The teaching experience that I have is teaching at West River Head Start for 8 years and my current position is a certified paraprofessional at Lewis and Clark. I am excited to be a part of the Sylvan Team to help students be more successful within their academics and watch the students grow with more confidence in their ability to learn from their successes that the students make due to the tools that Sylvan provides. My interests are reading, baking and cooking, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Waldoch

Instructor