(515) 978-4312
Menu
Aspire Academy Give Us A Call Map To Location

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






Announcements

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



Reading Problems and Dyslexia: A Discussion with Aspire Academy and Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics
August 28 2018
The most common reading disorder is dyslexia, but it often goes undetected. Learn if your child's reading struggles could be related to dyslexia.


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


Dyslexia and Reversals? Why Do They Occur?
March 01 2018
Backwards b and d's? Upside down m's and w's? P's and g's giving fits? Learn why people with dyslexia may reverse letters and even all the letters in a word (like was and saw). It has nothing to do with vision.



Customer Comments

"Our family wants to thank you from the bottom of our heart! We were so glad fate had our paths cross at the right moment...our first grade son was struggling with reading and starting to dislike school. You helped us understand his unique challenges and with tutoring, you’ve helped him become a great reader. Perhaps more importantly, this built his academic confidence and ability to learn that will forever change his life path! We are so grateful we started him early, and had the guidance and care from you all. We are so proud he has graduated (4th grade) - but I know he will actually miss seeing his friends at tutoring; he really came to love going! Thank you for being an incredible resource at just the right time! And please do use this testimonial, and refer folks to chat with us about our experience!"

★★★★★
West Des Moines Family