Louisiana Chapter

In service to our Louisiana community, our ultimate goal is to advance the awareness and understanding of dyslexia throughout the state in an effort to make reading a skill that is accessible to all learners. We strive to support our local CALTs, CALPs, and trainee affiliates, advocate for our students with dyslexia, and provide instructional guidance and clarity to our communities and supporting organizations.

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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-LA 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. 

Suzanne Petty, M.Ed., CALT

Suzanne Petty, M.Ed., CALT

President

Suzanne has a background in special education and serves as a dyslexia therapist and reading interventionist at Louisiana Key Academy in Baton Rouge. She had the privilege of co-founding Louisiana Key Academy with Dr. Laura Cassidy in 2013 which humbly brought her into the complex, instructional dynamics of meeting the unique educational needs of children with dyslexia. She currently provides intensive remediation therapy for small groups in grades 4 and 5, supports the 4th- and 5th-grade instructional teams, and assists in curriculum development. She strives to promote and support the evidence-based approach to instruction that enables dyslexic students to reach their full individual successes.

God has blessed her with a wonderful husband and a family of four children, two of which are dyslexic. She has lived around our United States but has spent most of her time in Louisiana, initially graduating from Louisiana Tech University. While pursuing graduate degrees in dyslexia therapy and special education in 20I7, she worked in the public school system and in after-school reading support for private students. The challenges that surrounded the efforts to discover, discern and retain instructional resources for her own children have truly driven her enthusiasm and determination to ensure these hurdles become open doors, accessible and applicable, to all families throughout our state. Equally important is promoting the knowledge and instructional competency on the science of dyslexia in the realms of higher education, health care, and related professional fields.

Lynsie Foster, MAT, CALT

Lynsie Foster, MAT, CALT

Past President

As a mother of children with dyslexia, a high school dyslexia therapist, and a dyslexic herself, Lynsie understands first-hand the impact language therapy has on a child’s education and overall self-esteem.

Lynsie completed SMU’s Language Therapy program in 2016 and joined ALTA as a Certified Academic Language Therapist in 2017. She currently works for Caddo Parish Schools working with high school students with dyslexia. In 2019, she also helped start ALTA Louisiana in an effort to bring more awareness to and opportunities for Louisiana’s dyslexic community. She remains passionate about the importance of early identification and improving the quality of dyslexia instruction both in and out of the classroom. She strives to provide students with the tools they need to be and feel successful.

 

Andromeda Cartwright, M.A., CCC-SLP, CALT

Andromeda Cartwright, M.A., CCC-SLP, CALT

Secretary

Andromeda is a graduate of Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Communication Disorders. She is a state-licensed and nationally certified Speech Language Pathologist and a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT). She currently works as the Special Education Director at Louisiana Key Academy, a public charter school for students with dyslexia in Baton Rouge. Her academic interests are in dyslexia evaluation and remediation, educational training, and education reform through legislation. She became interested in the field of dyslexia due to her love of language, books, and helping children. Her passion is for making the state a more equitable place for all students.

Teresa Abram, M.Ed., CALT

Teresa Abram, M.Ed., CALT

Treasurer

Teresa is a Nationally Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) with a bachelor’s degree in Education (K-8) and Special Education (moderate/severe K-12) and a Master’s of Education in Dyslexia Therapy. She is the Special Education Coordinator for the LKA Northshore campus. Since 2005, she has been helping K-8 students in both public and private schools, specializing in regular and special education. She strives to foster all students in their growth as lifelong learners while supporting students’ talents and personalities to help them build their self-confidence. She also has a passion for being an educational advocate to support literacy and dyslexia within the classroom.

Teresa and her husband enjoy relaxing with her family and many animals on their two-acre property, cheering on their kids at sporting events, and completing home projects such as transforming a school bus into a camper.

Kayla Reggio, M.Ed., CALT-QI

Kayla Reggio, M.Ed., CALT-QI

Past President

Kayla Reggio has her Master’s in Education from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a concentration in Dyslexia Learning Therapy. She has also obtained her Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and Qualified Instructor (QI) through SMU. Kayla has been working with dyslexic individuals since 2010. She is currently the Director of the Dyslexia Resource Center which provides services to educators, parents, students, and policymakers regarding the 1 in 5 children with dyslexia. In addition, she is the Chief Education Officer of Louisiana Key Academy (LKA), a Baton Rouge charter school for students with dyslexia. She played an instrumental role in developing the curriculum and programs at LKA. In addition, she designs courses and trains individuals seeking to provide intervention services to students with dyslexia.

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