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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

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.

ADHD, Dyslexia or Both?
December 14 2017
ADHD and Dyslexia have overlapping symptoms. This article and its links provide information on what each disorder looks like.



Recent Blog Posts



Girls Empowerment Camp
April 28 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.


Aspire Summer Camps
April 02 2018
Registration is open for Aspire Summer Camps. Call 515-978-4312 to sign up!


Providing Notes to Students with Dyslexia
March 01 2018
Students with dyslexia find it almost impossible to take notes during a lecture. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disorder. Dyslexia makes it hard to write and spell, and taking notes during a lecture causes the dyslexic student to make a choice - do I listen and absorb the information, or do



Customer Comments

"I was at my wits end. I knew something wasn't right and my high school son just kept struggling. I reached out to Heidi and she helped us assess the obstacles to my son's success and came up with clear tactics to overcome them, all the while making my son feel like he COULD do it. As a result of Heidi's coaching he scored a 28 on the ACT and will graduate from high school in May."

★★★★★
Brooke B.
Urbandale, IA