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. 

Pauline Novak, M.Ed., MAT, CALT

Pauline Novak, M.Ed., MAT, CALT


Pauline Novak has been a CALT for 11 years and a Montessori teacher for 30 years. While teaching at the Shelton School in Dallas, Pauline was extensively trained in techniques for improving the education of children with learning differences while using both Montessori pedagogy and language therapy techniques. She holds certificates as a CALT, a Dyslexia Therapist, an AMS Early Childhood and Elementary I Montessori teacher, and has earned a MAT and M.Ed. degree. She is a trainer for MACAR, an AMS Early Childhood trainer, a national speaker, and the ALTA Virginia President.


Stephanie Horn, M.Ed., CALT

Stephanie Horn, M.Ed., CALT


Stephanie Horn is the Founder and CEO of Literacy in Flight. In this position, she uses her Academic Language Therapy training to help children of all ages develop their reading abilities with confidence. Having worked with more than twenty families in a dozen school districts over the last four years, she also advocates for students to receive the proper care and instruction from their institutions. When not following her passion, Stephanie is helping other military spouses in her community or spending time with her husband, Everett, and two children, Ethan and Amelia.


Jill Bender, CALT

Jill Bender, CALT

VP of Membership and Finance

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.


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.

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