Spring Academy’s model is simply one of the best ways for optimal learning to take place. Everything we do revolves around this purpose – from our one-to-one instruction by professional and caring teachers, to the customization of every student program.
Schools and learning centers that rely on a one-size-fits all approach can’t possibly meet all students’ needs. At Spring Academy, we personalize everything – from the student’s schedule, courses, and curriculum to the lesson pacing, teaching methods, and instructional style. That’s why Spring Academy works: our one-to-one approach allows us to connect and transform the student’s relationship and attitude towards learning.
Our teachers are trained to scaffold instruction by taking the student’s current level of proficiency into account and then designing lessons that challenge the learner to reach for the next level. Once the student demonstrates competence with the given concept, the teacher again pushes the student one step further, each time ensuring that the student succeeds and accomplishes the given objectives.
The bottom line? We exist so that all of our students can succeed.
The Spring Academy student body is as diverse as our programs! We assist those seeking a more personalized alternative to a traditional school model. Our academy appeals to the following:
- Gifted and talented students
- Students with ADHD, Autism, and learning disabilities
- Those with social, emotional and/or health challenges
- Student-athletes and professionals seeking a customized schedule due to training, auditions, tournaments, travel, etc.
- Students who benefit from a one-to-one instructional model
Each student’s program is customized around the individual’s schedule, and courses are designed to appeal to a student’s interests, strengths and academic goals. We pave the way for future success… by helping students succeed and become more confident in their unique abilities.
Our caring teachers are experts in educational customization. They take into account each student’s individual learning style, personality, aptitude, and strengths. Armed with this information, they transform their lessons into a highly-effective, individualized format that meets state standards and graduation requirements while remaining customized to the student.
We hire only the most capable, bright, and engaging professionals. In addition to having a bachelor’s degree or higher, our teachers undergo specialized training to work successfully with different types of students. Our staff understands not only the complexities of teaching students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and Autism, but also the nuances of teaching gifted and talented students. By identifying these learning differences, our instructors can fully optimize their teaching styles and methodologies.
Leadership Team Bios
Robert C. Hauser
For the past twenty years, Rob has been integrally involved in bringing “one-to-one” educational services to Seattle families. In 2000, he co-founded and launched Educational Advancement Academy (EA2) which offered exclusively one-to-one instruction. Under his leadership, the school expanded to multiple locations throughout the Puget Sound region before merging in 2010 with a national education company. Rob remained on the leadership team to assist with national expansion. He launched Spring Academy in 2013. Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with high honors from Seattle University.
Rob founded Spring Academy to be the next evolutionary step in personalized education. The primary goal of Spring Academy is to combine all the best aspects of one-to-one education into a more affordable format, making the power of personalized education accessible to more Seattle families than ever before.
Heidi M. Straus M.Ed.
Heidi is an experienced teacher and administrator who brings both professional and personal experience in the area of special education to our team. Heidi was born and raised in "Big Sky Country" Montana. She attended Gonzaga University for her undergraduate degree with a major in Psychology, a minor in Special Education and her K-12 teaching certificate. Heidi started her teaching career as a multi-age teacher for a parent cooperative school in Duvall, WA. She moved to California from 1999-2007 where she taught intermediate grades and obtained her Masters in Science degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. From 2007-2013, Heidi taught special education in the Lake Washington School District and spent two years at the district level working with special education teachers across the district. In 2013, she obtained her Principal's Certificate from Seattle University. Heidi worked as an assistant principal with the Northshore School District from 2014-2018. As an administrator, Heidi values the opportunity to guide instructors in creating effective, personalized educational plans within a positive learning environment. In addition to serving families, Heidi has a busy household with five amazing children, a loving husband, and two dogs. She loves the outdoors, musical theatre, and traveling in her spare time.
Heidi is a firm believer that one size does not fit all when it comes to education. She believes that students of all ability levels can benefit from a “one to one” instructional model and is excited to be part of that reality at Spring Academy.
Frank F. Hewins, Ed.D.
Assistant Principal Frank@SpringAcademy.com
Dr. Hewins brings vast educational knowledge and expertise to our team with decades of experience as a teacher, principal, and district superintendent. Frank grew up in New Jersey and received his bachelor of science degree at Frostburg State University in Maryland, his master of arts degree at Pacific Lutheran University and his doctorate at Washington State University. Frank began his education career as a humanities and math teacher. He then served Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma for 30 years as a high school principal, executive director of K-12 education, and superintendent. Prior to his retirement from public education, he was selected as the 2018 WA State Superintendent of the Year. Frank holds WA State certifications as a K-12 Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent. Frank is a lifelong believer in the positive results a personalized, high quality education can bring to all students.
His wife, Cathy, and he, have two grown daughters, Megan and Lisa, sons-in-law Ken and David, and granddaughters Emi, Presley, Kaya, and Dylan.
Thomas E. O'Keefe M.Ed.
Executive Director Tom@SpringAcademy.com
Tom is a veteran education administrator who has spent nearly 40 years of service in the public and private sector. His breadth and depth of experience is extensive. He taught English at the middle and high school levels and served as principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He was also the Director of Educational Advancement Academy (EA2) in Seattle for four years.
Tom has experience in all aspects of school administration, including leadership in curriculum and instruction, staff development and special education programs. Among other honors, he has been awarded the Golden Acorn by the PTSA, named high school Special Education Administrator of the Year by WASA and regional Middle School Principal of the Year by the Association of WA School Principals. A devout believer in “one to one” instruction, Tom is proud to be the Executive Director of Spring Academy. He knows that students will prosper in the highly personalized instructional approach that Spring Academy offers.
Ryan Malone M.Ed., Ed.S.
As a professional educator and a devoted father of two boys, Ryan understands firsthand the importance of identifying the most effective educational environment for each child.
At his core, Ryan is a captivating educator who genuinely enjoys engaging with students of all ability levels and walks of life. Upon earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative literature from the University of Washington and a Master of Education degree from Eastern Washington University, he taught language arts in public high schools for nearly a decade. As a young teacher, Ryan taught on the Whitemountain Apache reservation in Arizona. After returning to Washington State, he spent seven years at Sultan High School, in Snohomish County, where he taught a wide range of language arts courses including creative writing, literature, and advanced placement. It was during this time that Ryan became passionate about developing, modifying, and implementing curriculum to best serve the individual needs of many different types of students. He went on to earn an Educational Specialist degree and a Washington State Principal Certificate from Seattle University. Ryan values the opportunity to guide instructors in creating effective, personalized educational plans.
Ryan is a firm believer that one size does not fit all when it comes to education. He believes that students of all ability levels can benefit from a “one to one” instructional model and is excited to be part of that daily reality at Spring Academy.
The Spring Academy Guarantee
If you decide in the first month that we’re not the best match for your child, we don’t want you to pay. It’s that simple.
Just contact us within the first month to cancel your program and you won’t be billed – for anything.