ACA Owner Sue Schaefer

Susan V. Schaefer, M.Ed., M.A.T

Founder & CEO

Sue Schaefer, founder of Academic Coaching Associates (ACA) started ACA over 12 years ago with a vision of helping students succeed who underperform in school due to executive function difficulties.

Personally, she struggled in school — missed assignments, performed poorly on tests even after studying for hours, and lost focus in class. In college, things did not improve. She worked harder than ever, and, still, her grades were below average.

Realizing she could not do this on her own, she finally reached out for help. Through this self-advocacy, she learned to manage her time better, found an organizational system that worked, and developed good study strategies. Her grades went up and so did her confidence. It was then that she discovered her love of learning.

After earning two master’s degrees in education, she taught as a tenured classroom teacher before launching Academic Coaching Associates. She is proud to be a pioneer in the field of academic and executive function coaching. Her quest has remained steady over the years, to help struggling students who find school frustrating and difficult, like she did, succeed and thrive in an academic setting.

Sue enjoys spending her free time with her husband, sons, and two dogs, Murphy and Sophie.