North Carolina Chapter
In service to our community, we build awareness in the field of dyslexia by providing professional development and community outreach through our expertise and leadership.
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.
Find a North Carolina 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.
ALTA-NC 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.
Rachel Ward, CALT-QI
Rachel Ward is the founder and lead therapist at 20Percenters. She has a B.S. in psychology from Columbia International University and holds an M.Ed. in Dyslexia Therapy from Mississippi College. Rachel is a nationally Certified Academic Language Therapist through ALTA of which she is the founder of the NC Chapter. She has 5 years of classroom experience and over 10 years working with students who struggle with dyslexia. Currently, she is in the middle of QI (Qualified Instructor) training through LEAD in Dallas, Texas. Rachel represents the central portion of NC.
Pam Spach, M.Ed., CALT
Pam Spach holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.Ed. in Education, both from Bob Jones University. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist through ALTA, and is currently undergoing Instructor of Therapy training. She works full-time as a dyslexia therapist in private practice and part-time as the “Integrator” at 20Percenters Therapy and Training Center, where she holds the distinction of being their first graduate. Pam brings the experience of a classroom teacher, small business owner, dyslexia therapist, and parent of a dyslexic child. She is committed to making a difference for struggling students and training others to do the same. Pam enjoys gardening, playing the flute, and relaxing with her family.
Carrie Erb, M.Ed.
Carrie Erb is a twenty-year veteran of Buncombe County Schools. She has taught first, second, and third grades and is now a Reading Intervention Specialist with Buncombe County Schools. Carrie attended Appalachian State University where she graduated in 2002 with a degree in Elementary Education. She graduated from Montreat College in 2010 with a master’s degree in Elementary Education. In 2006 and 2016, Carrie earned her National Boards in the early childhood generalist category. In 2019, she acquired a K-12 Reading certification on her teaching license to become a reading specialist. Carrie joined the OG family in 2017 after attending training and certification through the Key School in Asheville, NC. She became a member of ALTA in 2017. Carrie became an Associate level member of OGA in 2020. She has had the privilege of serving as a language coach for two summers at the Key School. Carrie is an Asheville native and enjoys life in the mountains with her husband and two daughters. Carrie represents the western portion of NC.
Jo Dicus, NBCT, BS, CALT
Jo Dicus is a Certified Academic Language Therapist with ALTA and a National Board Certified high school teacher for the state of North Carolina, licensed to teach in both Exceptional Children and English. She has always loved to read, and became a Dyslexia Therapist because she wanted to unlock reading for her high school students with learning differences. She believes that the basic educational right of every student is to learn to read, and wants her legacy to be many more lovers of reading in the world. Her passion for serving with ALTA-NC is to spread awareness of Dyslexia and a vision for how it can be remediated.