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About Us

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. 


Our Services


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.

We help kids everyday improve their reading and spelling!
November 30 2017
80% of children with IEPs for reading have undiagnosed dyslexia states the American Academy of Pediatrics. Aspire Academy helps children and teens achieve grade level reading. If you have a child who struggles to read chapter books, continually misspells common words, and home work is a struggle..

Recent Blog Posts

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

Is it really ADHD?
December 13 2017
ADHD or Dyslexia...both cause problems with attention and reading. What do the experts say? Read this quick article and investigate what is known about the two conditions.

What Schools Won't Tell You...
November 30 2017
Children and adults who are poor spellers and slow readers are wired differently. With the right reading programs, you can be reading at grade level and above in 18-36 months.

Customer Comments

"I just heard your ad on the radio today. Heidi helped our son a few years ago, and we are very thankful!! He is almost done with his first semester at the University of Iowa majoring in Biomedical Engineering! The SDS office at Iowa also accepted his dyslexia documentation so he was granted extra time to take exams, leniency on spelling/grammar and a distraction free testing environment. Thank you for all your help!"

Urbandale father