Our Programs

About our Teachers

All teachers at the Excel Achievement Center have had very specific training and must have a certain level of expertise prior to joining this center. Our teachers love learning themselves and this excitement is displayed in the warm and caring way that they encourage our students.

At Excel Achievement Center, we make sure that our teachers have a variety of tools to work with the various learning styles encountered while teaching students. All teachers are continually trained by the Center in research-based methodology. All of our teachers have had special training.

  • Stephanie Spaan

    Center Director

    Stephanie holds a Master’s Degree as a reading specialist and has been involved in education since 1992. She has taught at the elementary, middle school and University levels; and has been involved with professional development for schools in the areas of reading, dyslexia intervention, and ADHD. Stephanie is often asked to work with teachers in their classrooms to provide them with methods that assist these wonderful children. Stephanie is also the mother of two teenage boys. Her passion is in speaking to parents about finding the gifts that their children have, and she assists parents in identifying exactly how their child learns best. Stephanie is currently the owner of Excel Achievement Center and on the board for the International Dyslexia Association—Midwest Branch. To speak to Stephanie directly, please e-mail her at Stephanie@letslearnnow.com.

  • Sonya Lietha

    Education Director

    Sonya Lietha is the Education Director at Excel Achievement Center. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education as well as a degree in Elementary and Deaf education. Sonya taught for 25 years and has taken specialized training in working with children with dyslexia and instructing teachers on how to work with children with special needs. On top of overseeing all of the individualized plans of the over 100 students at Excel Achievement, Sonya works closely with our teachers and meets with parents on a consistent basis. Sonya can be reached at sonyal@letslearnnow.com

  • Pam Kilgore

    Student and Staff Scheduler

    Pam comes to Excel Achievement with over 20 years of experience in the education field. Pam is the person that Excel Achievement staff and clients talk to the most. Pam takes pride in the fact that she is able to place students with the exact right tutor that meets their individual academic and personality needs. Pam can be reached at frontdesk@letslearnnow.com

  • Megan Kooima

    Center Director Iowa

    Megan holds a Master's Degree as a reading specialist and has her Administration Degree and Math Specialist license. She has taught at the elementary and middle school levels in both America and Asia for the past ten years. Megan has been a leader in professional development for schools in Iowa and Nebraska in the areas of reading and math. Megan has a passion for serving students with their exact academic needs and cares deeply for each family she encounters.



Hear Our Success Stories!

"We had been searching for answers to our child’s learning difficulties. We had him tested for special education and a variety of related services. All of his test scores were average to above average. He continued to struggle with reading. Excel was the answer to our prayers. We finally had the reason he was struggling, but most importantly, Excel knew how to help him. He went from below grade level to at or above grade level after his program. The biggest benefit was the confidence he gained through the program. The teachers are highly qualified and do an amazing job. We loved the postcards sent to our son. They made him feel so good. We highly recommend Excel and will enroll our child again if we need to. Thank you for giving our child the tools to be successful and the confidence that he now has. Our prayers were answered!"

Jen C

“My son’s summers at Excel have been well spent. Through his tutoring at Excel, he has skipped 2 grade levels of math! Ensuring that he had mastered the material he skipped and then front-loading the new material to ensure success has been instrumental in helping him reach his full potential.” “Excel was a great program for Natalie. She always looked forward to going to tutoring and was excited to tell us what she learned. She was very prepared for school to start. Natalie is having a great start to 6th grade thanks to Excel.”

Kathy Ragels

"Our 5th grade daughter was testing at a 3rd grade level. After one year in the writing/spelling program at Excel, she is now testing at current grade level. Grades went from C’s to A’s in most areas and we can see more confidence in everything she does."


Payment Options

Financing Information
Excel Achievement has a variety of ways to make tutoring affordable.  We desire ALL children to have the privilege of one-on-one instruction with master level teachers! Because we are able to get results in half the time of our competitors, our clients save when they choose Excel!

Payment Plans:
Excel Achievement now offers interest free payment plans to make our services more affordable than ever!

Amount Upfront:
Parents may choose to pay for the total amount of a program at enrollment.

Payment Policy:
All payments for tutoring must be made at the time of scheduling.

Sliding Scale:
Excel Achievement now offers a sliding scale tuition to insure that all families can afford our services.  Please contact the center to find out more information.

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24 19th St. SW
Sioux Center, Iowa 51250
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