Oklahoma Chapter

ALTA Oklahoma’s mission is to advance the awareness of dyslexia within the state. The ability to read should be inclusive for all. We provide professional development and community outreach through our leadership for CALPs, CALTs, and reading specialists.

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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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Find an Oklahoma 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. 

Chapter Resources

ATLA Oklahoma has approximately 130 CALTs across the state ready to help serve our students.

  • Currently, ALTA Oklahoma is communicating with state education legislators to recognize CALT and CALP on Oklahoma teaching certificates. A league of professionals, are promoting a possible bill that would provide a CALP,CALT, or certified science of reading professional, in our public schools to help with the Dyslexia Screener Implementation for Fall 2022.


ALTA-OK 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. 

Karmyn Reimer, M.Ed Reading, CALT-QI

Karmyn Reimer, M.Ed Reading, CALT-QI


Karmyn graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in music. She received her Masters of Reading from East Central University in 2001. Her teaching career began in 1997 at Tecumseh Public Schools, where she taught first, fourth and fifth grades. In 2006 she was hired as a Reading Specialist, working closely with teachers and students to help in all areas of reading. In 2012, she started her training with Payne Education Center as a Dyslexia Therapist. Karmyn finished her CALT certification, completed the Qualified Instructor (CALT-QI) program with Payne. Karmyn loves to help students become better readers, spellers, and writers, and her passion is seeing dyslexic students excel.


Dawn Vaughn, M.El. Admin., CALT-QI, C-SLDS

Dawn Vaughn, M.El. Admin., CALT-QI, C-SLDS

Vice President

Providing student successes from early childhood to adults, Dawn Vaughn is an experienced educator in all fields. Dawn has created programs and accommodations for students with IEPs, 504s, and gifted students of all ages. She has taught reading, math, and science in Title 1 and parent choice schools in Oklahoma and Texas. Forty-plus years of educational experience has yielded success with public, private, homeschooled, and college students. Classroom, small group, and individual settings for dyslexia reading instruction have proven to be the most rewarding educational mission accepted in the last decade. Dawn is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), and an instructor of therapists (CALT-QI), Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist (C-SLDS) and has held National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist (NBCT Early Childhood Specialist). She has mastered therapy and classroom-based Orton-Gillingham methodology. Dawn holds a B.S. in Elementary and an M.A. in Educational Administration.



Lanie Lovelace, MEd, CALT

Lanie Lovelace, MEd, CALT


As a Special Education Teacher, Lanie takes pride in teaching children with learning disabilities and thrives on student success. She enjoys working in a learning environment, as it allows her to make learning fun, encourage students to fulfill their potential, and help students overcome their weaknesses. Currently, she works as a Special Education Teacher at Edmond Public Schools and is an active member of ALTA, where she is focused on dyslexia screening and multisensory teaching methods. During her time at Edmond Public Schools, she has helped develop after-school and summer programs for children needing extra help in reading and math. Prior to education, she was a Research Coordinator at INTEGRIS Health, researching brain and spinal cord injuries. As an Academic Language Therapist, she gained a greater understanding of Dyslexia and furthered her studies by earning a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Midwestern State University. Outside of school, she continues to teach leadership skills to youth and adults in her local Scouts Program. She is also an active member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League at her church. She currently lives in Edmond, OK with her two boys. When she is not teaching or furthering her education, she can be found in the great outdoors camping, hiking, or kayaking.

Karen Leatherwood, Ph.D., LPC, LDT, CALT-QI

Karen Leatherwood, Ph.D., LPC, LDT, CALT-QI


Bringing valuable experience from the special education field is Karen Leatherwood, Ph.D. She has served as a Program Specialist, providing consultations services for thirty-seven Special Education Teachers who work with the elementary population. As a Special Education Teacher and Dyslexia Therapist, Karen has taught students qualifying for Individual Education Programs (IEP’s) and 504 Plans due to Specific Learning Disabilities or a diagnosis of dyslexia. Karen has taught in rural Oklahoma, suburban Texas, and inner-city Tulsa public schools as well as at two Parent Choice Schools in Edmond. Karen is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT), Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), and an instructor of therapists (CALT-QI). She provides a variety of training using the Orton-Gillingham-based methodology. She holds Oklahoma teacher certification in Special Education (mild to moderate), Elementary Education, Psychology/Sociology, and School Counselor, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Karen has a B.S. in Psychology from Langston University, an M.A. in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. in Education from Oklahoma State University.


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