Ph.D., LDT, CALT-QI
Founder and President
Lynne Fitzhugh received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in learning disabilities. Dr. Fitzhugh is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) - Qualified Instructor (QI) and Director and Lecturer of Colorado College’s Master of Arts in Teaching – Dyslexia Specialist Program. An expert in dyslexia and related learning disabilities, she has been a featured speaker at both local and national conferences. Dr. Fitzhugh is a former President of the Academic Language Therapy Association and currently serves as President of the ALTA Charitable Foundation. Dr. Fitzhugh has been appointed as a representative to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities and serves on the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy’s Professional Development National Workgroup. She is a former board member of the International Dyslexia Association and the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council.
Grace Peak received her MA in Teaching from Colorado College in 2022. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a licensed secondary classroom teacher for English and Language Arts. Grace is currently pursuing her MA in Special Education at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Her experience in education has seen her work in private and public contexts in online, hybrid, and in-person settings with students ages K-12. As an instructor, Grace has worked with undergraduates, graduates, and other adult learners in postsecondary education in their journeys to become teachers and therapists. Grace’s professional literacy experience also includes instructional coaching and quality control in public primary schools. She serves on the advisory board for the Education Department at Colorado College and is a member of the Academic Language Therapy Association and the International Dyslexia Association.
Children want to learn and teachers want to be successful. Bridging the chasm between research and classroom application ,Jen’s primary focus is educating teachers to empower them to support all emerging readers. Literacy skills evaluations, public school support staff, private intervention, and Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program Instructor have been a part of Jen’s professional literacy journey. Former president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Academic Language Therapy Association, Jen participates on ALTA’s national board and volunteers with the Colorado Department of Education. Involvement with the excellent resources provided by the Colorado Literacy and Learning Center has been the long-sought answer for families touched by dyslexia. It is a privilege to impact these exceptional individuals
Business Development Manager
Evelyn Hinote received her BS in International Business Management from Arizona State University and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She is active in the educational and artistic communities and is Vice Chair of the Board of Jane Franklin Dance. With a passion for empowering families through the arts and education, Evelyn brings a gentle touch to guiding parents through the often difficult process of gaining the support their child needs to achieve the highest level of academic success possible.
Jacqueline P. Valadez
Ph.D., LDT, CALT-QI
Dr. Jackie Valadez is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, Licensed Dyslexia Therapist in Texas, Qualified Instructor, and Educational Diagnostician. Her passion for teaching and learning spans over 30 years in numerous capacities in higher education and K-12 education, including teacher, professor, therapist, diagnostician, administrator, and supervisor.
She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University at College Station, TX. She holds several state board certifications, including educational diagnostician, principal, professional reading specialist, special education teacher, and elementary education reading teacher.
Dr. Valadez currently teaches at Colorado College in the MAT-Dyslexia Specialist Program as Visiting Professor and brings numerous years of experience having taught and supervised graduate-level teachers at the University of Notre Dame, St.Mary’s University, and Schreiner University. She is President of Texas Dyslexia Center, a service-driven training center built from a passion for serving students, families, teachers, and their schools.
Her passion and work in dyslexia led to serving on the ALTA Board of Directors for two terms. She continues to volunteer on the ALTA Higher Education Committee, the Journal of Academic Language Therapy editorial committee, and as co-Chair of the ALTA Bilingual Exam Committee.
She lives in Boerne TX with her husband and children and enjoys attending Broadway shows, traveling, and spending time with her family in Port Aransas, TX.