Texas Chapter

Texas ALTA is a professional membership organization dedicated to advocating for dyslexic students and the training of teachers to become Certified Academic Language Therapists who remediate written language skills.

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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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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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Periodically, we like to highlight our members – both personally and professionally – and the excellent work they are doing across the great state of Texas and beyond. Check out what your fellow Texas ALTA members are up to! 

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Election Schedule and Term Limits:

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Officer elections will be held every two years no later than November 15th. Elected positions are two-year terms with a maximum of two terms.

The current chapter president will send a nomination form to the chapter membership no later than September 1st. Chapter members may nominate themselves or other members in good standing.

The current president will create a ballot for elections to be sent to the chapter membership no later than November 1st.

The voting window will be from November 1st to November 7th.

Elected Chapter Positions:

  • President
  • Vice-President/President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

 

Committee Chairs Appointed by the President:

  • Legislative Committee Chair
  • Events Committee Chair
  • Public Relations Committee Chair
  • Data/Records Chair 
  • Texas HB 3928 Updates
  • 2021 Dyslexia Handbook
    • Please note: At the April 12, 2024, State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting, the SBOE approved the second reading and final adoption changes to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 74.28. Included as a figure in 19 TAC 74.28 is the SBOE’s Dyslexia Handbook. While the final rule and accompanying figure will be filed with the Texas Register in accordance with the typical rulemaking calendar, the agency is posting the handbook that was adopted so that the community can begin to review it. The handbook contains unique formatting required for the rulemaking process, typically reflected by single underlined text that reflects text at first reading, and double underlined text to reflect changes from first reading to second reading. Deleted text is indicated by the strikethrough format in bracketed text. Note that this is NOT to be considered the official handbook until it is posted in the Texas Register, which will be communicated to stakeholders. Additionally, the agency resources below, including the HB 3928 FAQs, will be revised soon to reflect the board’s decisions. 
  • Dyslexia and Related Disorders
  • Texas Education Agency
    • Additionally, to find the Dyslexia and Related Disorders Website, you must hover over “Academics” at the top of TEA’s main page. Options will open up, and you will see the title “Dyslexia” in the middle. That will take you directly to the site. Another option would be to Google TEA Dyslexia and Related Disorders. 

 

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Leadership

Texas ALTA 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. 

Cindy Connolly, LDT, CALT

Cindy Connolly, LDT, CALT

President

Cindy has been an ALTA member since 2010. She earned her CALT credentials at Southern Methodist University’s Language Therapy Program in Alphabetic Phonics with additional therapy retraining in Take Flight. She works as a private dyslexia therapist in San Antonio and is working toward her Qualified Instructor certification.

Barbara Moreno, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Barbara Moreno, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Vice President

Barbara’s career began eleven years ago as a first-grade teacher when she recognized that there was more for her to learn about dyslexia. She received her Take Flight training from The JPW Learning Center. They helped to instill a passion for advocating and always doing what is best for students and their families. For the past five years, she has worked with fourth and fifth graders, which she has loved. With all students, it is always a joy to witness them start to believe in themselves as their confidence and reading skills increase. For the past year, she has been a part of the Dyslexia on Demand team. She loves being able to help students and their families who may not have access to certified academic language therapists. ALTA has allowed her to collaborate and learn from others in this field who share her passion for teaching. 

Jen Cates, LDT, CALT

Jen Cates, LDT, CALT

Treasurer

Jennifer Cates is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist with a private practice in Waco, Texas. She specializes in the Scottish-Rite therapeutic research-based intervention program Take Flight. She earned her undergraduate psychology degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M. As a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Qualified Instructor, Jennifer screens, educates, and advocates for dyslexic students across Texas as they overcome their educational challenges. Although she has offices in Waco, online therapy sessions allow her to reach students as far away as Hawaii. She is currently serving her second term as the Texas ALTA treasurer.

Susmita Sarma, M.Sc, PGCE, Montessori (Elem I and II), MACAR (I and II), LDT, CALT

Susmita Sarma, M.Sc, PGCE, Montessori (Elem I and II), MACAR (I and II), LDT, CALT

Secretary

Susmita Sarma is a Montessori teacher at The Shelton School. She is certified by the American Montessori Society to teach at the lower and upper elementary levels. Susmita is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and uses the MTA and SEE programs to help her students with dyslexia therapy. She has an M.Sc. degree in Chemistry, enabling her to use a scientific pedagogy to tailor lessons to her students’ individual needs.  

Jennifer Luftop, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Jennifer Luftop, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Legislative Committee Chair

After completing dyslexia training at Neuhaus, Jennifer became a CALT and joined their team as an instructor.  After almost 20 years in Houston, she and her husband moved to the Texas Hill Country, where she served as a campus instructional coach in Comal ISD. In 2020, she became a district Dyslexia and RTI Coordinator, where she currently supports campus intervention as well as a team of amazingly dedicated dyslexia support teachers, many of whom are training to become CALTs and CALPs themselves thanks to the Texas Dyslexia Grant. She is incredibly proud of the work they are doing in Comal ISD to support early identification and thoroughly train teachers to serve students with dyslexia.

Ronjé Gonzales, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Ronjé Gonzales, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Records Chair

Ronjé Gonzales serves as Program Manager for Student Support Services in the Special Education Department in Fort Bend ISD. She completed her Dyslexia Specialist Training through Neuhaus and is a Certified Cognitive Acquisition Language Therapist. She is working toward her Qualified Instructor certification so that teachers in FBISD may acquire their CALP or CALT licenses. Mrs. Gonzales has spent the last 22 years supporting students receiving dyslexia services and has mentored several dyslexia teachers in her current and past roles.

Pat Gutierrez, M.Ed, LDT, CALT

Pat Gutierrez, M.Ed, LDT, CALT

Public Relations Chair

Pat has been in education for 23 years. She has taught all grade levels from 1st thru 12th. Currently, she works as a Dyslexia Therapist with secondary students at a school district in San Antonio, Tx. She has a BBA from Baylor University and received her master’s degree in instructional Leadership from Sam Houston State, with an emphasis in English Language Learners. She is bilingual and is also the owner of a small private practice.

G-G Shryer, LDT, CALT-QI

G-G Shryer, LDT, CALT-QI

Member-at-Large

G-g Shryer, MAT, CALT-QI, LDT, earned her membership to ALTA in 2001. She has Montessori certification in Early Childhood and Elementary. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from DBU. G-g has enjoyed training teachers at the Teaching and Therapy level for the Take Flight curriculum and training teachers in Language for Elementary I Montessori. Her roles with the Texas ALTA Chapter have been North Texas Regional Chairman, Treasurer, and Event Chairman for the Summit. In addition, she has enjoyed originating Kids with heART, a set of note cards of original art drawings from dyslexic students, to help raise funds for ACF for teacher training. G-g has taught children with learning differences for 30 years and teaches elementary students at the Shelton School in Dallas, TX. 

Libby Grafa, MAT, LDT, CALT-QI

Libby Grafa, MAT, LDT, CALT-QI

Past President

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