Dana Herzberg, M.Ed., founder of On-Track Tutoring. Her passion for education is the foundation of our program!
“I founded On-Track Tutoring in 1999, knowing first-hand the impact that one-on-one tutoring can have on a student’s life. As a young student, it became apparent that I could read everything put in front of me, but I didn’t appear to have the ability to comprehend any of it. The results of an evaluation were conclusive – I was a high-ability child with learning disabilities.
I had several one-on-one tutors over the years who had a tremendous influence on my academic career. Like constructing a building, they laid the foundation and built on concepts I knew, until I finally had a solid, standing structure. They provided me the strategies that enabled me to learn in a different way.
Then, in high school, I participated in a community volunteer program where I taught adults with cerebral palsy to ride horses. I became enamored with helping people. Soon after, I volunteered in a self-contained classroom for children who were diagnosed with “severe and profound disabilities” (a truly awful label). We all have our defining moments in life when we realize that everything we have experienced was for a reason; for me, it happened when I was sixteen. I knew from that year forward that I had a mission – to become a special education teacher and to help others overcome their challenges and achieve their potential despite learning differences or other challenges.
Years later, as I held my undergraduate and graduate degrees with summa cum laude status in my hands, I fully realized the impact that my outstanding tutors and educators had on my life. They provided me with tools to achieve academically, but, ultimately, they empowered me to succeed in life.
I truly look forward to my work every day. One of my favorite quotes, by publisher Katherine Graham, says it all:
To do what you love and feel that it matters, how could anything be more fun?”