Contact Information

New Students: (855) 377-9582
Current Families: (217) 355-0008
Fax: (866) 818-6321
Monday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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, Champaign tutoring

Ashley Warfield


Ashley is an instructor in Champaign, Illinois with a gift for working with kids. While Ashley has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in math and science tutoring. She studied at the University of Missouri and University of Illinois.

When Ashley isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her playing with her adorable dog, jogging or playing basketball, and cheering on her favorite college basketball teams.

Instructor and Lead Teacher, Champaign tutoring

Bonnie Vreeman

Instructor and Lead Teacher

Bonnie is Sylvan Certified to tutor Academic Reading, Beginning Reading, Accelerated Reading Skills, Academic Writing, Study Skills, and Math Essentials. 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 playing with her grandchildren, sewing, upcycling junk, swimming, 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


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


Kathryn has been an instructor at Sylvan in Champaign, IL for several years. Having been a teacher in the public schools, she has special expertise in beginning and academic reading, elementary math, and study skills.

Kathryn helps all the students she works with at Sylvan enjoy the learning process and improve their skills. She has degrees from Greenville College and the University of IL.

In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys gardening, reading, and taking care of her new born granddaughter.

Instructor, Champaign tutoring

Kim Spencer


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

Kristi Bruhn


Kristina is a tutor in Champaign, IL with a gift for working with kids. While Kristina has many tutoring talents, she finds the greatest joy in reading tutoring. She studied at University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

When Kristina isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her reading, and hanging out outside with her family.

Instructor, Champaign tutoring

Mary Ann Ribelin


Mary Ann is Sylvan an instructor in Champaign, Illinois. While Mary Ann has many tutoring talents, she finds the most joy in Beginning Reading and Math tutoring.

She studied at Illinois State University and the University of Illinois. When Mary Ann isn't at Sylvan, you'll find her teaching at Garden Hills Elementary School or relaxing with family and friends.