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About Us

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


My personal philosophy towards learning is that beginnings are scary, endings are sad, but it is everything in between that makes it worthwhile. Children must receive the right program for their learning challenges, but they must also enjoy the experience, feel it is helping and feel comfortable in the environment. 


"Beginnings are scary, endings are sad, but it is everything in between that makes it worthwhile". Heidi Kroner


Aspire Academy is my fourth dyslexia organization that I have started.  As a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia Iowa and a mother of a dyslexic child, I know the shortage of services for these children.


I helped to create thriving dyslexia learning center in West Des Moines, a non-profit, Literacy Lifeline, to raise scholarships for dyslexia therapy, and now I am expanding services for dyslexia by locating Aspire Academy in Urbandale. 


Our Staff

All of our dyslexia tutors receive training directly from the Wilson Certified Partners. No other center in the metro area invests in their staff like we do.




Recommended Steps


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..

New Dyslexia Resource in Des Moines!
October 11 2017
Coping with Dyslexia - Check out Restorative Counseling DSM. Helping local residents deal with the social and emotional issues that accompany dyslexia.

Recent Blog Posts

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.

Dyslexia Got You Down?
October 11 2017
Dyslexia is more than struggling to read and spell. It makes many people affected by it feel inadequate, and "not as good" as others. Read about local services that can help!

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