Our History

Great Leaps has been family-owned and operated since 1995 and impacted over 600,000 students' lives. Through this time, we have kept the success of our students at the heart of everything we do.


"Our mission is to empower the minds and shape the futures of our students to enable them to achieve their full potential through simple and effective educational programs."

Success breeds success and necessity is the mother of invention. The story of Great Leaps' starts like so many, , with humble beginnings. In 1991 a teacher by the name of Ken Campbell was leading a special needs classroom in rural central Florida. Ken grew frustrated as he observed how both classroom time and the tools provided were ineffective for his students. Like other great teachers before him, Ken sacrificed his own time and money to create and test solutions for his students and ultimately was able to reach all 100 students that were behind in reading with the help of staff and volunteers working one-on-one.

His efforts were successful right from the start. The catalyst that made Great Leaps an recognized program was a routine visit from a leading University of Florida Professor, Dr. Cecil Mercer. During the professors visit he overheard a student ask the principal to move an assembly time “so that it would not interfere with his reading lesson.” WOW! This would get any teachers attention and the professor promptly asked for some copies of Ken's program for conducting trials at a High School in Gainesville, Florida. The trial was a huge success. Dr. Mercer then proudly presented the data and the initial program at the Learning Disabilities Association Conference in Chicago and the rest is history.

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Today, Great Leaps is in all fifty states and in over forty countries. Proudly Ken’s gifts have helped over half a million children and growing simply because, it works. Ken has unlocked the code to literacy through combining the science of reading with precision teaching bring our students remarkable growth time and time again!

About The Author

Ken Campbell's 36 year teaching career and his extensive study of accomplished academic researchers certainly adds credibility to the highly effective Great Leaps programs, but his passion to help children is really the driving force behind the company and its growth. Although he will always be a teacher at heart, there came a time when Great Leaps allowed his impact on students to grow beyond teaching one classroom at a time. So the accidental entrepreneur was born.


When he's not in the office Ken enjoys a deep connection with family history through his study of Scotland and his ancestors. Once fall comes around, you can catch him cheering on his alma mater, the University of Florida, clad in orange and blue. Ken continues to write short stories and novels in his free time but most importantly, he enjoys spending time with his wife Diana, three kids, and 6 grandkids either on the beaches of St. Augustine or simply relaxing at home. He is a strong believer in the power of community and developed Great Leaps to be easy enough for virtually anyone to teach a child to read and leave a lasting impact on their life.

Meet Our Team

Recognizing our team for the hard work and dedication our small team puts in to support the success of thousands of students!


Colin Campbell


Colin has seamlessly merged the timeless wisdom of the Great Leaps program with cutting-edge technology, propelling it into the 21st century to meet the evolving needs of instructors and students alike.


Kayla Morris

Tutoring Director

Kayla consistently goes above and beyond to serve our parents and tutors, embodying the very essence of our mission to empower learners and transform lives.


Leah Galione

Implementation Specialist

Leah has empowered our customers to effectively integrate Great Leaps into their educational endeavors with fidelity.


Jennifer Lee

Customer Service

Jen is ready to help Great Leaps customers at a moments notice and does an amazing job keeping our operation organized.


lan Campbell

Research & Product Development

lan evaluates student data and helps guide the development of Great Leaps products.

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Patricia Campbell

Social Media Manager

Patty is the voice of Great Leaps online, connecting with customer and sharing stories across the web.

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Mary Wing

K-12 Consultant

After retiring as the Director of Literacy Interventions in the NYC DOE, Mary has help guide Great Leaps to work more effectively with the K-12 market.

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Dr. Cecil Mercer

1943 - 2014

Great Leaps Reading would not have had the impact on the number of students it has had it not been for the dedication and influence of my professor, mentor, and friend, Cecil Mercer. He discovered Great Leaps while visiting a school, saw it in action, and then brought it to his University Florida and Gainesville. From there, he gathered data and wrote a seminal article for Learning Disabilities Research and Practice. His sharing of the data helped spread Great Leaps nationwide.

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Our team looks forward to working with you to meet your students' reading needs!

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