Our Mission

The purpose of the ALTA Charitable Foundation (ACF) is to support the Academic Language Therapy Association, known as ALTA. 



ALTA Charitable Foundation Goals

The ACF was established to support the mission of the Academic Language Therapy Foundation (ALTA). To that end, the ACF has created the following scholarships:




  • Training for individual teachers in *CALP, CALT, ICALP, or QI courses

    • Many children and adults are not receiving effective reading and writing instruction by certified ALTA members.


  • Funds for families to obtain instruction by a Certified ALTA Member
    • Too many teachers are not trained in the science of reading resulting in families to seek private instruction.
  • Financial support to ALTA members for approved continuing education opportunities
    • Because every certified ALTA member is required to earn 10 continuing education hours annually.


The ALTA Charitable Foundation has applied for its 501(c)(3) exemption status. 


Your support goes a long way in helping ALTA make a significant difference in the lives of individuals who struggle with dyslexia and related disorders.

ALTA Charitable Foundation Resources

Your contribution reinforces our efforts to deliver effective, evidence-based reading and writing resources to those training to be dyslexia therapists and practitioners.

ALTA Charitable Foundation Leadership

Jean Colner, CALT-ICALP

Jean Colner, CALT-ICALP

Interim President & Treasurer

Jean Colner served as President of ALTA from 2018-2020. She is the former Director of the non-profit Children’s Dyslexia Center in Dublin, Ohio, and in semi-retirement, she currently serves as a consultant in the CDC teacher training program.

She is involved with her family’s donor-advised scholarship fund through the Ottawa County Community Foundation and the Toledo Foundation.

Jean received the International Multisensory Language Educator Council (IMSLEC) Innovator Therapist of the Year in 2014, and the Central Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Champion of Change award recipient in 2021.

She also served on the Ohio Department of Education’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee work group and was a member of the Department’s writing team for the recently adopted Ohio Reading Competencies.



Kara Lee, Ed.S, CALT-ICALP

Kara Lee, Ed.S, CALT-ICALP


Kara Lee is the owner and principal trainer at Horton Educational Services(HES). Ms. Lee earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, a Master of Science and Educational Specialist degree from Miami University. She worked as a school psychologist for six years before going into the classroom as an intervention Specialist. Ms. Lee has worked as a Trainer and Supervisor for the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Columbus, Ohio, and has taught classes and conducted training for a variety of school districts. She has been a member of the Academic Language Therapy Association since 2012 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2017.


Maggie Finamore, CALP-ICALP

Maggie Finamore, CALP-ICALP

Marketing Committee Chairperson

Maggie Finamore, CALP-ICALP, earned membership to ALTA in 2017 at the practitioner level and is eager to begin training other prospective practitioners. Maggie is the president of the ALTA Great Lakes Chapter, which initiated Tidbit Tuesdays, free, editable activities that support multisensory and best practices in virtual therapy. Maggie taught fifth grade for three years, a multi-age self-contained high ability classroom for two years, reading intervention for a year, and is beginning a new role as a literacy coach in a Title I district. In college, she co-founded a campus chapter of She’s the First, a non-profit that fights global gender inequality through education opportunities for young girls. Her high-ability class organized a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign. This project-based learning experience enabled students to take on leadership roles in their efforts to fundraise to send girls to school across the globe. Maggie is eager to use her experience to support the educational sponsorship efforts of ACF. After school, Maggie is a private tutor. In Maggie’s free time, she enjoys walks to the beach with her fiancé and Goldendoodle, Penny, reading, and creating resources for her tutoring clients and other educators.

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