Contact Information

New Students: (855) 377-9582
Current Families: (217) 355-0008
Fax: (866) 818-6321
Monday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 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!

Sylvan Owner/Operator, Champaign tutoring

Audra Berg

Sylvan Owner/Operator

In 2002 I made the decision to leave the public school sector to pursue a career with Sylvan Learning Centers. I started as a part-time instructor in the Mattoon, IL center and loved it from inception. Having the ability to specifically help students that were struggling or not being challenged enough, is what I was looking for to fulfill my role as an educator. Sylvan's diagnostic and prescriptive approach is what students need.

My passion for the company lead me to purchase three centers in 2003, and expand to six centers in total to date. We currently help students in Champaign, Springfield, Mattoon, Decatur, Effingham, and Carterville IL. My mission is to be able to offer our exceptional Sylvan programs to as many students in Central/Southern Illinois as possible.

Center Director, Champaign tutoring

Cindy Grammer-Essex

Center Director

Cindy has been with Sylvan since March 2011, she brings a great balance of education and business to our center.

Growing up in the surrounding community, Cindy appreciates the ability to give back and help those around her. She holds and Masters in Education and many years or management and training experience.

She lives in Mahomet with her husband, Joe, and their two daughters Megan and Olivia.

Education Director, Champaign tutoring

Nyssa Chiavacci

Education Director

Nyssa has been with Sylvan for four years.  She began her career as an instructor helping students and was soon given the opportunity to help students and their families as an Education Director.  Nyssa has been serving the families of Champaign since her move to Illinois in 2010. She enjoys getting to know students and their families and is greatly rewarded when she see students improving and succeeding.

Nyssa has a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and a Master's Degree in Science Education from The Pennsylvania State University. She enjoys cooking, reading, running, and spending time outdoors with her husband, Scott.

Instructor and Lead Teacher, Champaign tutoring

Bonnie Vreeman

Instructor and Lead Teacher

Bonnie is Sylvan Certified to teach Academic Reading and Academic Writing. Bonnie also takes on the challenge of helping our homework support students.

She has a Master's in Elementary Education and is certified to teach secondary English. Bonnie has taught locally, in two other states, and at a Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS) school overseas.

In her free time, Bonnie enjoys sewing, playing with her dogs, and biking.

Instructor and Lead Teacher, Champaign tutoring

Christina Smith

Instructor and Lead Teacher

Christina is Sylvan Certified to teach Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Academic Writing, Beginning Reading, and Study Skills.

Christina graduated from Mankato State University with a Bachelors in Education. She went on for her Masters in Student Personnel from Eastern Illinois University. Christina has been with Sylvan since 2008.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching TV and playing with her cat, Bear. Christina's favorite thing about Sylvan is the students.

Instructor, Champaign tutoring

Jennifer Mokos

Instructor

Jennifer is Sylvan Certified to teach Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Sylvan Advanced Math, Geometry, Study Skills, Academic Writing, and ACT Prep. Jennifer also takes on the challenge of helping our upper level homework support students.

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's in physics and her Master's in education. She began working with Sylvan in 2008. In her free time, she enjoys reading, sewing, and playing the violin.

Jennifer's favorite thing about Sylvan is helping students understand new concepts-the moment when it all "clicks" is very rewarding!

Instructor, Champaign tutoring

Kathryn Starbird

Instructor

Kathryn is Sylvan certified in beginning reading, academic reading, and math. She has worked with students at our center since March 2011. Prior to teaching at Sylvan, Kathryn had been a reading specialist and a special education teacher in Champaign and Mahomet. She believes that by helping students to become successful in school, they will gain confidence and become life long learners.

Kathryn graduated from Greenville College in Greenville, IL with a BS in elementary and special education. After teaching for several years, she earned her MA from the U of I in special education, with an emphasis in reading instruction.

Kathryn is enjoying life following a long teaching career. Working at Sylvan keeps her connected with students. She thoroughly enjoys traveling, reading, and time with family and friends.

Instructor, Champaign tutoring

Kim Spencer

Instructor

Kim is Sylvan Certified to teach Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Sylvan Advanced Math, and Geometry. Kim also takes on the challenge of helping our upper level homework support students.

Kim Spencer graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education. She has taught math for the past 12 years and has enjoyed every moment. Her approach to math ensures that every child will understand a concept because she teaches students multiple ways to approach the math concept.

Kim has been at Sylvan since 2009 and has helped many students from elementary up through college.

Instructor, Champaign tutoring

Lucas Dyschkant

Instructor

Lucas is Sylvan Certified to teach Math Essentials, Academic Reading, Sylvan Advanced Math, Geometry, and ACT Prep. Lucas also takes on the challenge of helping our upper level homework support students.


Lucas graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in mathematics and secondary education. He joined Sylvan in 2011 and is really enjoying himself here.

In his free time, Lucas enjoys watching television with his wife and doing sudoku and crossword puzzles.

Instructor, Champaign tutoring

Mary Ann Ribelin

Instructor

Mary Ann is Sylvan Certified to teach Beginning Reading, Academic Reading, Math Essentials, Study Skills, and Academic Writing.

She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with a degree in library science.