Honorary Lifetime Members is open to ALTA members who are retired from working in the field of dyslexia and who have met the following requirements:
Non-members may also become Honorary Lifetime Members. This level of membership is open to individuals who are active or retired from working in the field of dyslexia and who have contributed significantly to the field of dyslexia.
Margaret is a founding member of ALTA, ALTA Centers Council, and IMSLEC. Her career in education, over a span of more than 50 years, included serving as classroom teacher, a dyslexia remediation specialist, and a teacher educator. She is a prolific author of educational materials, and she has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. In her retirement, she continues to develop innovative teaching materials. Most importantly, Margaret views herself as a learner, noting that her greatest teachers have been the students in her classes.
Edith Hogan was a founding member of ALTA, a former member of the organization's board of directors and served on numerous committees since its inception. Her longtime commitment to ALTA has made her an exceptional and respected resource for the organization's members and current leadership.
She formerly served as a classroom teacher in New Jersey, Connecticut and Indiana, and eventually moved to Texas. Since her arrival here she has worked as a supervisor in the In the Reading Laboratory at Christ the King School, served as Chairman of the Reading Department at Ursuline Academy Elementary and has been an Academic Language Therapist at St. Rita School in Dallas. She has provided graduate level instruction in teacher education programs and was a former Assistant Director of the Dean Training Center. She and Margaret Smith co-founded and co-directed EDMAR Educational services "taking teacher training on the road". After ten years with EDMAR she moved to McKinney to try her hand at golf. After a brief teaching hiatus, she gave up on golf and returned to her real passion - teaching students as a private language therapist. Until her retirement in April, 2015, she maintained a full-time private language therapy practice in McKinney and was a consultant to parents as well as a well-respected resource for fellow therapists. She has been a mentor to many of her colleagues and continues to graciously offer guidance on an individual basis. She and Dennis, her husband of 60 years, have two children, four grandchildren and two "greatgrands"'.
Avril was born in South Africa, moved to England in the 70s, and happily moved to Texas in 1979.
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Avril is happily pursuing her hobbies, traveling with her husband, visiting her grandchildren, enjoying the creative pursuits of Ikebana, Sogetsu, and pottery.