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"The world is a competitive place. Brainspring doesn't just deliver an edge; we help build an education with unending value. I get no greater satisfaction than knowing that we have been an integral part of a student's success. We design our programs to bring out the best in a student and the subject matter they need to know. I never forgot my experience as a struggling reader and getting the help I needed. It's why I started Brainspring. Our mission is preparing students for success. The future demands nothing less."

Evelyn Peter - Founder

Bringing Literacy To Everyone Since 1991

Brainspring was founded in 1991 by Evelyn Peter as a result of her commitment to strengthening student and teacher skills in the area of reading. In 2015 the name was changed to Brainspring to better communicate the full scope of services and interactive approach the company prides itself on.

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As a child, Evelyn experienced firsthand the frustrations of not easily learning to read. As a professional, she has dedicated her life to ensuring that teachers have the necessary tools to reach all children.

After moving from Austria to the United States, Evelyn had difficulty learning to read. Even though she spoke and read German and Hungarian, learning to read English proved difficult. Her mother began to worry, but didn’t know what was wrong. Fortunately a family friend sensed that Evelyn didn’t know phonics and volunteered to help. She took Evelyn to the grocery store and showed her how to sound out words, using Campbell Soup labels for practice.

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Everything began to crystallize ... soon Evelyn joined the highest reading group in school, the Blue Birds. She wondered, if the children left behind in the lowest reading group, the Sparrows, were taught phonics - wouldn’t they move up too?

This experience gave Evelyn a strong sense of the frustration children feel when they struggle with learning to read. It is akin to the pressure an adult feels facing a job situation that is beyond their capability on a daily basis. As adults we usually find a solution, but children don’t have that choice or capability. It is up to the adults to provide children with a learning environment that stimulates growth and enjoyment of learning. At Brainspring we create positive and powerful learning environments everyday.

Hi! Welcome to The Orton-Gillingham Podcast where we chat about all things multisensory education, dyslexia, and ultimately, how we can bring literacy to everyone! Our hosts, Angelina, Esther & Katie, are educators and instructors for Brainspring. We'll be interviewing experts and answering your questions.

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"Our students showed remarkable progress and our MEAP state reading scores jumped from 56.2 to 82.5 after only 3 months of Phonics First® Academic Advantage On-site Tutoring. I would highly recommend it to any [urban] school wishing to make significant gains in student reading ability. No school should be without it!."

Steve Christian, Assistant Principal

Fleming Elementary, Detroit, MI

"The Monday I returned from the CEC Convention I immediately started doing core words, which cannot be decoded using "spelling on the arm". I was totally amazed! ... I will stay in touch and keep you apprised of the successes we have!"

Kris Kenna, Academic Support Teacher

Central Manor Elementary

"Our students showed remarkable progress and our MEAP state reading scores jumped from 56.2 to 82.5 after only 3 months of Phonics First® Academic Advantage On-site Tutoring. I would highly recommend it to any [urban] school wishing to make significant gains in student reading ability. No school should be without it!."

Steve Christian, Assistant Principal

Fleming Elementary, Detroit, MI

"The Monday I returned from the CEC Convention I immediately started doing core words, which cannot be decoded using "spelling on the arm". I was totally amazed! ... I will stay in touch and keep you apprised of the successes we have!"

Kris Kenna, Academic Support Teacher

Central Manor Elementary

"Our students showed remarkable progress and our MEAP state reading scores jumped from 56.2 to 82.5 after only 3 months of Phonics First® Academic Advantage On-site Tutoring. I would highly recommend it to any [urban] school wishing to make significant gains in student reading ability. No school should be without it!."

Steve Christian, Assistant Principal

Fleming Elementary, Detroit, MI

"The Monday I returned from the CEC Convention I immediately started doing core words, which cannot be decoded using "spelling on the arm". I was totally amazed! ... I will stay in touch and keep you apprised of the successes we have!"

Kris Kenna, Academic Support Teacher

Central Manor Elementary