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Heidi KronerHeidi Kroner
Executive Director
BS Sociology / MBA
Wilson Level 1 Certified Instructor
Barton Dyslexia Screener

 

 

 

 

I started Aspire Academy to reach those who struggle with reading and spelling. I have filled this organization with caring, compassionate people. I love to teach students the skills they need to succeed. My personal drive stems from a lifetime of seeing highly-talented individuals who struggle with reading and spelling being denied their full potential.

 

Aspire Academy is my third dyslexic organization. 

  1. I am a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia Iowa 
  2. I am a founding partner of True Potential Education, the first dyslexia learning center in the Des Moines metro area.
  3. I currently own and operate Aspire Academy in Urbandale, Iowa.

I know how to build caring organizations that deliver quality services.  All of the organizations I have started are thriving.

 

 

Empathy and Empowerment - it’s in our DNA

  1. We hire empathetic, caring tutors who understand children with learning struggles.
  2. Our tutors are mothers who have had children with learning differences.
  3. They understand that the social and emotional issues tied to struggling with reading and spelling are as important to overcome as gaining the ability to read, write and spell at grade level. 
  4. We work to help children understand that they can do this...they can succeed.
  5. Because of this, children enjoy coming to Aspire, and they enjoy the tutoring experience, even though it is hard work for them. 

 

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Announcements

Info Meetings: Kurzweil Literacy Software
May 22 2018
Come learn if your child can benefit from Kurzweil Literacy Software. Created for students who struggle to write, organize and proof written papers.

Summer Camp Registration Open
April 03 2018
Read about our summer programs! Download the registration form!

Note-taking and Dyslexia...why it fails.
March 01 2018
Read our latest blog on why the 504 accommodation for pre-printed notes and study guides is so vital for a student with dyslexia.



Recent Blog Posts



Girls Empowerment Camp
May 24 2018
Allow your daughter to discover her inner strengths with our Girls Empowerment Camp. Career exploration, writing skills, confidence, fashion and digital literacy. All wrapped up in fun.


Discover your Edison at Aspire's Summer Camp - Filling Fast!
May 23 2018
Dyslexia has its strengths. 40% of business owners are dyslexic, and 1/3 of billionaires have dyslexia. Aspire's Entrepreneurs Camp teaches kids how to find their inner inventor and teaches the basics of starting a business. For students ages 12 and up!


Kurzweil 3000 Literacy Software
May 22 2018
Do you have a student who is struggling with reading the internet for research, organizing their thoughts for writing papers, forgetting suffixes and forgetting whole words when writing? Kurzweil Literacy Software offers solutions for all of these problems and more.



Customer Comments

"I could write a book about the problems we had regarding our son and his learning disability. He was finally diagnosed at UW Madison. We sent him to a special reading camp in Northern Wisconsin for two summers which used the Orton Gillingham method only to have his regular teachers ignore everything he learned so he would back slide. I had a boss who trained pilots during the war who told me that when schools stopped teaching phonics you could see these kids coming out of the woodwork. But no one wants to listen. Yes, we can cut back on our education budgets and use that money to build more prisons because that is where a lot of our young people with disabilities will end up. God bless you for having a program to help these young people. Thank you."

★★★★★
Sandy W.
Des Moines, IA