OLD Our Team

Michael Grabarits


Mike’s career has spanned the field of business with over 30 years of experience in strategy development, operations, business development, and mergers and acquisitions for several Fortune 500 companies.  Michael began investigating “why children are not learning to read” in 1995 after his retirement from U.S. Foodservice and launched several literacy consulting and professional development companies.  In addition to founding Step By Step Learning, LLC, he is founder and Chairman of The Institute For Literacy and Learning®, an international literacy research think tank that “promotes evidence-based research to practice in every classroom.”  Read more . . .

Mary Doe Donecker

Mary Doe Donecker

Vice President

Mary Doe is Vice President, Training and Client Implementations for Step By Step Learning.  As Vice President, she is responsible for operations, which includes all client implementations and the scheduling, training and certification of the Company’s team of consultants.  Like her fellow consultants, Mary Doe also has in-classroom teaching experience in reading and writing, and teacher professional development.  She has been with the company since 2004 and enjoys working with educators and building leaders to accelerate their schools and districts to academic achievement.   Read more . . .