Passion Personified

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?”

On-Track’s Mission

On-Track strives to inspire a passion for learning and to encourage students to develop a sense of academic independence, responsibility, dedication and self-discipline.

Our philosophy is that students will meet high expectations and challenges if given the opportunity to do so. When students are given the tools to build confidence and knowledge, they can achieve academic success. Our goal is to equip each student with the skills required to be an independent, life-long learner; our mission is to empower students to discover their strengths and achieve results!

What makes On-Track different than other tutoring companies?

  • Our one-on-one sessions ensure privacy, undivided attention, and a plan that is customized to meet each student’s needs.
  • We provide flexibility and convenience with on-site and/or in-home tutoring – come to our office or we’ll come to you!
  • We offer clients access to our online Tutoring Management System and parent portal, allowing them to check on sessions, read tutor’s notes, and more, at their convenience.
  • Founded and operated by educator Dana Herzberg, M.Ed., who held special education teaching positions in the Paradise Valley Unified School District and provided special education consulting services for Tesseract School, Notre Dame Preparatory High School, C.A.S.Y. Preschool, as well as many other schools in the Valley.
  • We deliver unparalleled support for students with learning differences.
  • On-Track cares about the community! We partner with nonprofit organizations that work with at-risk and special needs students, including Boys Hope Girls Hope, Casey Family Services, and Martin Miracles.
  • A track record of success that spans almost two decades.

Academic success and skills that last a lifetime!

On-Track helps students translate their strengths into tools for academic and life success.

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Mother of 6th Grade Student receiving support with Wilson Reading Program