About Academic Insights
Academic Insights is an independent, small business that provides
timely, accurate and professional Independent Educational
Evaluations (IEE) for students of all ages. An IEE is a private
evaluation performed by experienced, qualified personnel outside the
school system. It provides a detailed view of a student's unique
learning style and educational needs. If you are the parent of a child
with learning differences, an IEE will give you a keen understanding
of your child's cognitive abilities and academic strengths and
weakness. A clear interpretation of the results leads to educational
recommendations including remediation and accommodations.
Note: The school personnel responsible for developing your child's
educational program must review and consider the information
presented in the IEE, but are not required to act on it. Most often,
however, teachers welcome additional information on a student's
learning needs and value the detailed recommendations.
About Susan Schaldach
Susan Schaldach has a Master's Degree in Special Education, and
over 30 years of experience as a special educator and professional
teacher in the Durango public school system. Over her career, she
has become a strong advocate for individual evaluations, because
the insights gained from an IEE help drive effective programming
and enhance school success. Today, she is a passionate
diagnostician dedicated to providing an accurate, in-depth
assessment in a professional, supportive environment.
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We are incredibly thankful for the privilege of meeting Susan
Schaldach two years ago. At the time, our second grade twin boys
were struggling in school. We knew both kids were incredibly
intelligent, but couldn't figure out why they were struggling with
reading and spelling. We had read to them nearly every night of
their young lives, and introduced them to many life experiences
that were centered around educational opportunities. We couldn't
figure out what were we doing wrong!
Both kids had a delightful testing experience with Susan. Susan has
a way of putting kids at ease while testing to thoroughly find their
strengths and weaknesses. Upon review of the test results, we
were comforted to know that both our kids were gifted in many
areas, but needed thorough intervention with their reading and
spelling. Susan made an educational recommendation that was
successful for both boys (one kiddo improved three years of
reading in his first year of school after testing!).
Susan has an unbiased opinion in regards to her proposed
educational solutions (oh, it's so hard to find an unbiased view!). It
feels good to be at peace with our educational choices. We have
Susan Schaldach to thank for putting us on the right track for
~Parents of third grade boys
We had the pleasure of sending our daughter to work with Susan
and it was one of the best and most important parental decisions
we have made. As the primary people in charge of her education,
Susan provided us insight we would not otherwise have figured
out. We are saving money for college, but spending money now
with Academic Insights so her entire lifelong educational
experience is positive.
~Parent of a second grader
Thank you so much. I honestly cannot express how much we
appreciate this opportunity for you to assess our son's abilities and
to FINALLY have a clear picture of what is going on. It is going to
make our work with him moving forward so much clearer and
fruitful for everyone involved, most especially [my son]! I can't
speak highly enough of your assessment process and final report.
You can use me for a testimonial if you ever need it!
~Parent of a third grader
Thank you so much for helping [my son] see his opportunity to
bloom. Your professionalism, supportive and compassionate work
on [my son's] behalf have given us a sense of relief and a passion
for the future. To have given him a picture of his strengths and his
opportunities truly is empowering.
~Parent of a college student
Susan is adept at working with both parents and especially the
child to determine the best possible outcomes for educational
success. She is sensitive to the possibilities of what could be going
on in a kids' brain and body and helps parents navigate successful
results for a more positive educational experience. Academic
Insights is the kind of organization you'd expect to have in a big city
and we have it right here in Durango. Susan has helped reset our
daughter's path in a way we would not otherwise have known.
~Parent of a second grader
Working with Susan was a treat for my son! The process started
with an in-depth evaluation that not only provided academic
strengths and weaknesses, but results about how he processes
and perceives information. She was able to take these results and
apply them in a practical and fun way to encourage academic
improvement. She shed light into the corners of his creative mind.
My 11 year-old son looked forward to seeing her each session and
he developed a pride in his work that was lacking previously. He
continues to apply her “methods” when reading and writing at
school, which makes writing assignments go from overwhelming to
manageable. Most importantly, he still considers Susan a friend
~Parent of a 6th grader
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