California Chapter

The mission of ALTA-CA is to build awareness about dyslexia and the use of evidence- and research-based literacy instructional practices and curricula. We intend to increase the overall visibility of ALTA members’ invaluable skill sets through community outreach.

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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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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. 

Leadership

ALTA-CA 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. 

Camille Klimek, MEd., CALP

Camille Klimek, MEd., CALP

President

Camille joined ALTA in 2019 after training through the Fundamental Learning Center in Wichita, Kansas in Alphabetic Phonics. In 2021, she became a Certified Academic Language Practitioner and is currently working on her therapist-level certification. She has worked in public schools for 11 years as an elementary teacher in kindergarten, 5th, and 6th grades and reading intervention. Camille has a background in Environmental Education and spent ten years working for the National Park Service in both interpretation and wildland fire management before staying home with her children for eight years. As they entered elementary school, she began volunteering, working as a Title 1 aide and then a teacher at their local elementary school. It was on this journey she realized her younger son was dyslexic and she needed to learn how to teach him how to read. After her training at the Fundamental Learning Center,  she applied her coursework toward her M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning and specialized in Dyslexia and Literacy Intervention at Friends University. Through the California Dyslexia Initiative, she continued to become LETRS trained and currently is the K-12 district literacy coach for Plumas Unified School District. She is supporting teachers in her district in UDL implementation to improve literacy across all content areas and supporting teachers in their learning about the Science of Reading through Getting Reading Right. In addition to her passion for literacy, Camille loves to spend time outdoors hiking and backpacking, gardening, cooking, knitting, and watching her children play sports.

Meg Galloway, M.S., CALP

Meg Galloway, M.S., CALP

Vice President

Meg Galloway has been an ALTA member since 2009. Her training was in the Slingerland Multisensory Language Approach. Meg completed the courses that LETRS was later based on that were taught by Dr. Louisa Moats in Vermont in 2002. She has a background in special education and taught in public and non-public schools before becoming a private practitioner. Meg is a proud member of The Reading League. She believes that literacy is a fundamental right for everyone. She is passionate about the power of education and enjoys continuing coursework in areas related to literacy acquisition. In addition to her interest in literacy, Meg loves to read, hike, travel, and attend the San Francisco Opera.

 

 

Amy Stark, M.A. Ed, CALT, SLDS

Amy Stark, M.A. Ed, CALT, SLDS

Secretary

Amy Stark has been a member of ALTA since 2020 as a trainee and became certified as an Academic Language Therapist in 2023. She is also certified through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) as a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Therapist (SLDS) as of 2023. Currently, she is training in LETRS through the Napa Valley Unified School District where she has worked as a special education teacher for students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities for 20 years. Concurrently, she worked as a General Education Reading Interventionist for 5 years and was a TOSA Academic Specialist at the site level for 3 years, where she developed assessment systems, coaching, professional development, and training, and created school-wide systems for supporting English Learners. Amy also provides private dyslexia therapy outside of her career as a public school teacher. Amy is proud to be a member of ALTA, IDA, and the Reading League and is passionate about reading for ALL. In addition to her interests regarding reading instruction, Amy enjoys participating in local book clubs, camping and hiking with her twin daughters and husband, visiting National Parks, and generally being outdoors.

Veronica Navarrette, CALT

Veronica Navarrette, CALT

Treasurer

Veronica has been a member of ALTA since 2002. She completed Alphabetic Phonics training at Southern Methodist University and became certified as an academic language therapist that same year. She worked at the Shelton School in Dallas, Texas, for three years, where she blended the Montessori philosophy with academic language therapy, serving students with dyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based disorders. Shortly after, she moved to Carlsbad, California, where she continued serving students privately. Recently, she completed a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology at Emerson College, and she is currently serving bilingual students at Cajon Valley Union School District. Veronica is honored to be able to contribute to ALTA and improve literacy amongst bilingual students.

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