Arizona Chapter

With our leadership and expert knowledge in written language, ALTA Arizona aims to lead our local community in dyslexia awareness and its greater impact on society through public outreach and education. We seek to guide educational communities with processes that will allow efficient identification and remediation of this underserved population. ALTA Arizona’s goal is to advocate for this population by providing education, support, and awareness to families affected by dyslexia. In order to meet these tasks we understand the importance of increasing community awareness of Academic Language Therapy by keeping membership strong within ALTA.

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We are dedicated to providing continuing education opportunities that promote the professional growth of our members. Events are worth continuing education hours (CE) to use towards ALTA membership requirements. 

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Find an Arizona Professional

Our members are made up of individuals with the CALP, CALT, ICALP, or CALT-QI distinction. Find an ALTA-certified professional in your area that represents the highest quality services to those individuals with dyslexia. 

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ALTA Arizona Chapter Roles and Responsibilities

The ALTA Arizona Chapter agrees to adhere to the national organization’s by-laws and ethics.


  • All members in good standing with ALTA National who reside in the state of Arizona are automatically members of the ALTA Arizona Chapter.


  • Elections will be held every year by September 15th
  • Term limits shall not exceed 1 year for each office



  • Convenes and Facilities Leadership Meetings and Chapter Meetings
  • Creates agendas for Leadership Meetings and Chapter Meetings
  • Monitors Chapter email account
  • Participates in the Council of Presidents—ALTA National
  • Facilitates communication between the National and Local Chapter
  • Submits the Chapter Annual Report to the National ALTA Chapter’s Chair yearly
  • Will provide publicity materials to ALTA National as requested

Vice President

  • Provides ALTA-AZ membership updates at Leadership and Chapter Meetings
  • Submits Chapter CE Events to National via the form on
  • Emails Chapter members to raise awareness of CE events
  • Monitors Chapter Zoho Drive Membership Reports
  • Reaches out to members who did not renew their membership to encourage renewal
  • Sends emails to welcome new members to ALTA


  • Records minutes of Chapter Meetings
  • Emails CEH Certificates to attendees within 10 days of the event


  • Provides updates on the chapter finances and Leadership & Chapter Meetings
  • Submits fees and expenses to National via the form on
  • Keeps track of membership Event Registration Fees
  • Updates Google Drive with membership Event Registration Fee participants


Leadership Team Meetings (Consists of Officers of the Chapter)

  • Leadership Team meetings should be held at least two times per year. The Leadership Team should meet prior to each chapter meeting.
  • Leadership Team meetings will include:
  • Officer reports
  • Planning of Chapter Events/Meetings
  • Communication Updates

Legislative Committee or Chair

  • The Legislative Committee will work in conjunction with the ALTA National Legislative
  • Will facilitate Dyslexia Simulations with Legislators, school districts, and the general public to
    raise awareness of dyslexia and how ALTA members can help with the remediation of dyslexia
  • Reports to the Vice President

Program Committee or Chair

  • Executes Chapter’s plan for hosting CE events or other chapter events
  • Assists Leadership Team as needed for hosting events
  • Reports to the Vice President

Social Media Committee or Chair

  • Posts to various social media platforms of the chapter according to ALTA standards
  • Monitors accounts for messages and response
  • Reports to the Vice President

Chapter Website Chair

  • Submits new information and updates to the website using the form at
  • Reports to the Vice President


ALTA-AZ is made up of therapists and practitioners dedicated to providing rigorous evidence-based multisensory structured language education (MSLE) therapy to individuals with dyslexia. Meet the leadership team. 

Susan Mayes, CALP

Susan Mayes, CALP

Acting President

Susan is from Louisiana but has lived the last five years in Bisbee, AZ. She has been an educator since 1985, originally working as a high school biology teacher, but has been working exclusively with dyslexics and their families since 2003. She joined ALTA in 2012 and helped start the AZ chapter in 2022. Susan owns Mayes Literacy Therapy and uses teletherapy to work with families around the world. She is currently devoting more time to raising dyslexia awareness in Arizona through ALTA and her local community through the library and schools.

Noelle Duncan, LDT, CALT

Noelle Duncan, LDT, CALT

Vice President

Noelle has lived in many places but was trained in Take Flight as an Academic Language Therapist while living in Texas, receiving her CALT certification in 2021. She has worked in education for 2 decades in early childhood and elementary education. She moved to Phoenix with her family in 2022. She is passionate about raising dyslexia awareness in Arizona’s local communities and teaching dyslexic students to read.



Crystal Telep, CALP

Crystal Telep, CALP


Crystal lives in Phoenix, AZ and is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner. She joined the Arizona ALTA chapter in 2022. She currently works for Spalding Education Intl as the Director of Customer Relations. She has over 15 years of experience in education and has taught multiple grade levels and served as an academic and intervention director. Crystal continues to serve as a Spalding Certified Teacher Instructor and Executive Trainer and enjoys working with teachers and administrators to improve student achievement.

Rebecca New, LDT, CALT

Rebecca New, LDT, CALT


Rebecca New holds an MA in Autism Spectrum Disorder, and a Bachelor’s in Special Education K-12. She trained with the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center in Sounds in Syllables with clients that have Dyslexia Autism 1 or 2 and/or other neurodiverse backgrounds. Currently, she works as a full-time Autism Teacher.

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