New Mexico Chapter
The mission of the ALTA-NM chapter is to increase opportunities to connect with local colleagues for the purpose of building community, including sharing and expanding professional knowledge. We intend to increase overall visibility in the state of ALTA members’ invaluable skill set and services provided by local ALTA members.
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 New Mexico 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-NM 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.
Erin Brown CALT-ICALP
An ALTA member since 2010, Erin Brown is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Instructor of Academic Language Practitioners. As a dyslexia specialist and experienced educator, Erin has trained in a variety of researched-based programs and techniques related to Structured Literacy. She has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and support interventionist in a variety of school settings. In addition to providing dyslexia therapy services, Erin also serves as an instructor for the Multisensory Language Training Institute of NM, where she works with dyslexia therapists in training.
A SWIDA board member since 2008 and past Vice President, Erin currently co-chairs the Community Engagement Committee for the Southwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She is a founding member and current president of the Academic Language Therapy Association, NM Chapter.
Tanya Harwood M.S., CCC-SLP, CALT
Tanya Harwood M.S., CCC-SLP, CALT has been a member of ALTA since 2019. Tanya worked for Albuquerque Public Schools as a Special Educator, and, later, as a Speech-Language Pathologist. After serving students in public schools for a number of years, she was able to follow her passion to help students with dyslexia. She feels very blessed to work with students at Designs for Learning Differences Sycamore School in Albuquerque. When she is not working, Tanya enjoys spending time with her family and friends, music, and taking long walks with her rescue dogs, Breezy and Sunny.
Martha Steger CALT
Martha Steger is a retired Special Education teacher and currently serves as the Recording Secretary for ALTA-NM. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in Special Education from New Mexico Highlands University. Martha received her CALT status in 2002 after completing her training with the New Mexico Multisensory Language Training Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and passing the National Exam. She lives in Taos, NM, and is currently in private practice.
Mary Gilroy CALT-QI
Mary Poirier Gilroy, of San Cristobal, NM, was certified as a CALT in 1992 and as a QI in 1998 under the tutelage of Sandra Dillon, author of Sounds In Syllables. Mary taught secondary level students with dyslexia for Taos Municipal Schools from 1989 through 2011. In 2019, she became the director of the Multisensory Language Training Institute of NM and maintains a small private practice.
Kim LeMoine CALT
Kimberly LeMoine received her training through the Multisensory Structured Language Therapy Institute of New Mexico. She has over 8 years of teaching experience and private therapy. Currently, Kim is providing reading remediation services at Calvary Christian Academy in Albuquerque. Kim is certified through ALTA as a Certified Academic Language Therapist and loves to reach out to others to become trained in our field. Kim also enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.