The mission of TN ALTA is to serve, support, and progress the outcomes of individuals with dyslexia throughout the state of Tennessee.
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 Tennessee 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-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.
Natalie Hoover, LDT, CALT-QI
For over 15 years, Natalie Hoover has served students with academic and developmental issues by providing curriculum and language-based academic coaching as well as evidence-based dyslexia remediation and intervention. She has over 500 hours of advanced training in accredited Structured Literacy Orton Gillingham-based dyslexia therapy interventions. Natalie has been trained in both Take Flight and Alphabetic Phonics. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT), and Qualified Instructor (QI).
Stephanie Hathcock, CALP
Stephanie Hathcock is the mother of two dyslexic children. After watching her children struggle with literacy, she devoted herself to Orton-Gillingham training so that she could help her own children learn to read and other children as well. She has worked at Bodine School in Germantown, TN, and now tutors privately. She is an Associate Member of the AOGPE, Certified Academic Language Practitioner, Structured Language Dyslexia Interventionist, and is SMILA trained. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Decoding Dyslexia Tennessee and S.M.I.L.A.
Heather Parsons, CALT
Heather Parsons’ experience in education spans two and a half decades. Before moving to the Nashville area, she served as a classroom teacher in pre-K, kindergarten, and first-grade classrooms in Central Florida. She has now worked with Hoover Learning Group as a dyslexia specialist and academic coach for over seven years. Heather is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) as well as being trained in multi-sensory math (ASDEC) and multi-sensory grammar (Neuhaus). Heather has been trained in both the Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts (SMILA) and Take Flight.
Anecia Washington, Ed.S., CALT
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.