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About Academic Edge

Educators. That’s who we are. Reading people. Kid people. Kentucky people. Even dog people!

The Academic Edge’s Kentucky division is located in Lexington, Kentucky. Academic Edge Kentucky has been providing high-quality reading, literacy, math, and test preparation tutoring offline and online in Kentucky and throughout the United States for over 30 years! And we’ve been providing educational consulting to Kentucky school districts, Kentucky schools, and Kentucky classrooms for just as long.

The Kentucky division licenses and supports online, researched-based programs that have proven to increase student performance in the classroom and on high stake tests. AEI Lexington bring exceptional professional development that trains and motivates teachers to use the programs, and our ongoing strategic management and follow up assures success. Learn more about our sales and support of our own and third-party online learning solutions in Kentucky.

About Academic Edge Kentucky: Our People

Elizabeth Goldsworthy

Founder & Director

Betsy is a reading specialist and the founder of the Academic Edge, 1984, and a private school for children who learn differently, Woodbridge Academy, 1989. She spent 12 years in public schools as an English and social studies teacher, teacher of the gifted, and then as a reading teacher/consultant.

Spending 45+ years as a career educator has been at times heart-wrenching, but mostly inspiring. Our future is truly based on the success of our young ones.

Rick Goldsworthy

Rick Goldsworthy

COO/Director, R&D

Rick is the CEO and Director of Research and Development of AEI. Under his direction, AEI has performed a wide range of work for government, university, and corporate clients. Relevant projects include the development and evaluation of warning symbols and labels for teratogenic pharmaceuticals, and the creation of web, video, and print materials on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Reading. Math. Easier!

Sandy Barefoot

Educational Consultant

Sandy Barefoot is the consultant for Jefferson County and the surrounding counties. Her passion for helping children learn to read, together with her sales and marketing expertise, combine to help teachers motivate their students toward measurable gains.

This is my dream position as I love to see children learn and I love building long-term relationships that help move children forward.

Brad Hilton

Educational Consultant

Brad Hilton, who is the consultant for Central and Northern Kentucky since 2013, is an excellent educator with 5 years as a K-5 classroom teacher in Fayette County. He has also worked as a para-educator for several years in the field of special education getting hands-on experience with children with special learning needs.

I believe in keeping our reading support and solutions simple, and easy, for the teachers to implement and see the gains students can make. If its not easy, it doesn’t matter how well it works because people won’t use it!

Lisa Clark

Educational Sales Consultant

Lisa Clark serves as the consultant for South Central and Western KY.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.

Royce Mayo

Royce Mayo

Educational Sales Consultant

Royce Mayo serves as the consultant for Eastern Kentucky.  The drive for continuous improvement has been a constant in Royce’s 36 year educational career which includes roles as a high school ELA teacher, a high school coach in several sports, assistant principal positions at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, high school principal, a […]

Reading is like the Swiss Army Knife of education! It is the tool in every child’s toolbox that can enable our kids to change the world for the better! Helping students and teachers to use this tool to the best of their abilities is a dream come true for me!

Tiffany Sholar

Educational Consultant

Tiffany Sholar is the consultant for Eastern Kentucky.  She is a retired elementary school teacher.  She spent the last 10 years of her career as the reading interventionist and coach for her school.  Helping students to become successful readers is her passion.  Tiffany believes that utilizing online research based programs to pinpoint specific learning gaps […]

I love helping students become successful readers, and look forward to helping other teachers help their students too!

About Academic Edge: Our History

Founded in 1984. Academic Edge was one of the first tutoring and test preparation centers in not just Kentucky but in the United States. We used state of the art technology — Apple //e computers! — along with face-to-face training to increase learner test scores on SAT and ACT standardized tests. Back then Davidson and Associates was a big player in this field, and they had site visits to us to understand our best practices. Pretty awesome for a Kentucky company. We also helped learners of all ages with a variety of other subjects and skills.

In fact, we were not only one of the first technology enhanced tutoring centers, we were also one of the first organizations to specialize in blended learning. All the rage today, blended learning is essentially the recognition that technology delivered solutions, by themselves, are not enough. That effective learning blends the traditional with the new, technology with excellent teachers!

It should hardly be surprising that we’d have this blended approach: we are, and always have been, teachers first and foremost!

Even in 1984. Our founder, Elizabeth Goldsworthy was a reading teacher and a reading specialist. Was isn’t right, because of course, once a teacher, always a teacher!

Over the years, our emphasis on different learning problems has evolved.

We’ve started a school for children with learning differences.

We’ve received a large number of federal grants and contracts to explore how learning occurs, how to change behavior, what technology can do to support learning, and just what works and what, well, not so much!

Then several of us turned back toward reading and literacy in Kentucky. Because reading matters. And Kentucky kids matter. And therefore we come full circle.

So, from reading teacher and support specialist in the public schools to helping others improve students’ reading and literacy skills. It’s been a windy, fun, and fulfilling journey, and we are so glad to be able to work with so many committed and caring Kentucky districts, schools, administrators, and teachers!

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