Educator Success Stories

Click on the links below to hear from educators who’ve found success with SOAR® Study Skills.

Each interview is available in a shortened version and a full interview version. Transcriptions of each interview are also posted for download.


Urban High School: Toledo, OH

Gary Thompson is the Director of Toledo Technology Academy, ranked the 2nd Best High School in the Midwest. His building has been implementing SOAR® Study Skills for 5 years.

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Gary Thompson Shortened Interview:

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  • Read the transcript here.

Gary Thompson Full Interview:

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Private High School: Indianapolis, IN

Beth Brandes is a counselor at Theodore Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville, Indiana. Theodore Guerin implements SOAR® Study Skills with the whole freshman class.

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Beth Brandes Shortened Interview:

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  • Read the transcript here.

Beth Brandes Full Interview:

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Public Middle School: New Orleans, LA

Tobi Flair is the principal at Harry Hurst Middle School in Destrehan, Louisiana. Her building has built a 20-minute session of “SOAR® time” into their daily schedule.

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Tobi Flair Shortened Interview:

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Tobi Flair Full Interview:

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Suburban Middle and High School: Minneapolis, MN

Lauri Oliver is a teacher at Winona Senior High School in Winona, Minnesota. Her building chose SOAR® as their study skills curriculum due to our extensive research basis.

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Lauri Oliver Shortened Interview:

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Lauri Oliver Full Interview:

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