Our Teachers and Staff
All of our staff members at Educational Resource Associates were chosen for their warmth and understanding. Each teacher is dedicated to helping each child and adult achieve their full learning potential.
A Note From Our Director
I began my teaching career as a kindergarten and fourth grade teacher in Ankeny Community Schools. My students were eager to learn, the curriculum was excellent and few students failed the system of instruction. Basic skills such as phonics, math facts, spelling, rote recall, and drills were the foundation for achieving academic success.
In the late 1970’s, I left Ankeny schools and began teaching special education. I spent four years honing my skills. However, I found the recommended reading and math programs did not work. When I asked for effective programs, no one seemed to know what to do. Over those four years, my students showed very little growth and amazingly, our school professionals were OK with that. There was no expectation for these special students. My frustration with this system and the complacency I encountered led me to open Educational Resource Associates.
I have always been tremendously interested in the brain function of children who achieve and children who have difficulty. But of more importance is how to compensate for these difficulties. I have found each child has their own brain path to success.
Difficulties with attention, late talking preschoolers, poor auditory/visual functioning and poor curriculum all play a part. These students are often placed in remedial programs, special education, and even behavior disordered classrooms. Older students are often labeled as lazy and unmotivated, with poor reading and math skills. Unfortunately, little is done to help them, and even more concerning, the academics are “dumbed” down so these students give up, get into trouble, show signs of depression and drop out.
My experience and education level allow me to diagnose all educational difficulties. I am capable of testing for autism and dyslexia, motivational problems and learning disabilities. I have developed a wide array of educational programs that build skills and increase auditory and visual perception, which in turn instills self confidence. This allows students to move forward successfully in their lives. I break down skills and avoid stigmatizing and self-fulfilling labels. Those labels can crush an individual and are meaningless.
At Educational Resource Associates learning builds confidence. Confidence builds self-esteem and enables students to meet the challenges that they will face in their lives. We firmly believe that there is no child that we can’t reach, and in due time, solve their educational challenges.