Virginia Chapter

ALTA VA’s mission is to engage practitioners and therapists in continuing education and collaboration to better meet the needs of their clients and to educate families and educators in the area of dyslexia and dyslexia remediation.

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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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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

  • New legislation started July 2021:

    2021 HB1865 requires reading intervention services for students in kindergarten through grade three who demonstrate deficiencies based on their individual performance on the SOL reading test or any reading diagnostic test that meets criteria established by the Department of Education to be evidence-based and grounded in the science of reading. Parental notification of intervention must be made in a timely manner.

  • Upcoming legislation:

    HB 1947 High school graduation requirements; certain substitutions.

    Introduced by: Glenn R. Davis


    Board of Education; high school graduation requirements; certain substitutions. Requires the Board of Education, in establishing high school graduation requirements, to provide for the substitution of computer coding course credit for any foreign language course credit required to graduate with a standard or advanced diploma for children with disabilities. Such requirement replaces a narrower provision in current law that requires the Board to permit a student who is pursuing an advanced diploma and whose individualized education program specifies a credit accommodation for world language to substitute two standard units of credit in computer science for two standard units of credit in a world language

  • Overall VA Legislation information:


ALTA-Virginia 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. 

Jill Bender, CALT

Jill Bender, CALT


Jill Bender operates a private academic language therapy business working with students in elementary and middle school. She is also trained in multisensory math techniques to help struggling learners in math. Her educational background includes a master’s in engineering, and education in the science of reading then became a personal goal for her. She enjoys fostering collaboration with other ALTA members.


Christine Carter, MA, CCC-SLP, CALT, C-SLDS, TSHH

Christine Carter, MA, CCC-SLP, CALT, C-SLDS, TSHH


Christine is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (VA, NY, FL) with over 15 years of experience specializing in the diagnosis and remediation of phonological disorders that compromise speech intelligibility and oral communication. It was her interest in this area, and its relationship to reading development/disorders, that led her to seek formal training through the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC) in Rockville, MD. Through her coursework and clinical experience at ASDEC, she learned the Structure of the English Language, and how to use sequential, multisensory approaches to remediate Dyslexia. She is adept at using her background knowledge in phonological development and disorders to supplement and support the success of the Academic Language Therapy. She has a small private practice, Carter Speech & Dyslexia Therapy, LLC, in Leesburg, VA. She works with students (and their families) as young as pre-k, who need help improving speech intelligibility and/or building pre-literacy skills, as well as older students in need of dyslexia remediation. She holds certifications through the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA), Center for Excellence in Reading Instruction (CERI), and is a Licensed Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH) in NY state. She is an advocate for multi-discipline collaboration. She enjoys biking, hiking, and kayaking when she is not reading and researching related topics in her field.



Maura Locke, CALT

Maura Locke, CALT

VP Membership & Finance

Maura Locke is a Certified Academic Language Therapist who trained at the Atlantic Seaboard Education Center in Rockville, Md. She has a private practice, Locked on Learning, LLC, providing reading intervention for students diagnosed with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Maura Locke holds a Virginia state teaching license with endorsements in Elementary Education and Special Education. Maura Locke is employed as a Reading Resource Teacher at a private school. She has previously served as Secretary of ALTA VA in 2018-2019.


Jennifer Nowicki, M.Ed., CALT

Jennifer Nowicki, M.Ed., CALT


Jennifer has taught first grade through high school with the bulk of her classroom teaching experience at the early elementary level. She is a certified K-12 teacher and reading specialist. She trained as an academic language therapist through the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC) in Rockville, Maryland. She currently works one-on-one with students in private practice.

Samantha Bailes, M.S., CALT

Samantha Bailes, M.S., CALT

Past President

Samantha Bailes, M.S., CALT operates Vienna Dyslexia, LLC, a private practice dedicated to remediating dyslexia in students from Kindergarten through High School. Ms. Bailes is also a licensed Virginia teacher. Ms. Bailes currently serves on the Board of Directors for the national Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) organization. She is a former President of the Virginia Chapter of ALTA and is a current member of the Leadership Team in an advisory role.

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