Tennessee Chapter

The mission of TN ALTA is to serve, support, and progress the outcomes of individuals with dyslexia throughout the state of Tennessee.

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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. 

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ALTA-TN 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. 

Stephanie Hathcock, CALP

Stephanie Hathcock, CALP


Stephanie Hathcock is the mother of two dyslexic children. After watching her own children struggle with literacy skills when they were young, she paused her career in real estate investment and devoted herself to Orton-Gillingham training so that she could help them learn to read. Seeing their success as well as the overwhelming need for well-trained dyslexia remediation professionals, she continued training and began tutoring other children as well.  Now, she has two successful careers that she loves. She owns, manages, and renovates real estate during the day and tutors struggling readers in the evenings.

She is an Associate Member of the Orton Gillingham Academy, Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP), Structured Language Dyslexia Interventionist, and is S.M.I.L.A. trained. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Decoding Dyslexia Tennessee.

Anecia Washington, Ed.S., CALT

Anecia Washington, Ed.S., CALT

Vice President

Anecia Washington attended Mississippi State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She received a Master of Science in Dyslexia Therapy from Mississippi College. Although Anecia has served in various roles in education from classroom educator to administrator, becoming a Dyslexia Therapist has been the most rewarding thus far. Currently, she is in professional and private practice in the Memphis-Shelby County community.

Niki Richardson, M.Ed., CALT-QIT

Niki Richardson, M.Ed., CALT-QIT


Niki has always had a passion for teaching foundational literacy skills to students with learning difficulties. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University in K-8 elementary education and her masters degree in PreK-12 reading specialist. Later, she received an additional licensure endorsement in K-12 special education intervention from the University of Tennessee. Niki worked in Tennessee public schools for 16 years. Initially as an elementary reading specialist for 7 years, then as an elementary literacy coach for 7 additional years, and finally spending 2 years as a district-level literacy intervention coach. Niki currently serves students in a private practice setting online and in-person. Her private practice, the Tennessee Dyslexia Alliance, provides dyslexia therapy for students with dyslexia and characteristics of dyslexia, professional learning for educators, and dyslexia advocacy support for parents and students. Niki is currently completing a Qualified Instructor internship. 


Christina J. Fry M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI

Christina J. Fry M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI


Christina Fry has been in education for over 30 years, teaching children to read in the classroom setting, as a Certified English Language Learner Resource teacher and as a Private Practice Dyslexia Therapist.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Education from Autin Peay State University and a Master of Education from Southern Methodist University. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT), and Qualified Instructor (QI).  She is trained in Alphabetic Phonics, Multisensory Teaching Approach, and Take Flight curriculums serving children with reading deficiencies and instructing Therapists-in-Training.  Christina is a proud member of ALTA and is currently the Co-Chair of the ALTA Registration & Certifying Committee as well as serving on other ALTA committees. Christina has always been very passionate about assisting others to reach their potential in reading.  In addition to her love for literacy, Christina enjoys family time, camping, quilting, and crafts.



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