Ph.D., LDT, CALT-QI
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 – Literacy 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 President of the Academic Language Therapy Association and serves on the board of the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. 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.
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
Alison Santa Maria,
Alison Santa Maria loves working for the Colorado Literacy and Learning Center. She enjoys administering evaluations where she's able to meet and bond with new families while helping them uncover answers regarding their child's' learning difficulties. Alison received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Coe College in 2009. She earned her Master's of Arts in Teaching and completed the Literacy Intervention Specialist Program at Colorado College in 2015. Within the private practice she founded, Springs Literacy Center, she has logged over 2300 clinical teaching hours and employs two additional practitioners. She hasn't always been in the private sector of education though. She was employed as a literacy interventionist for a local public school from 2013-2016. Alison has served on the regional ALTA board of directors for five years and will move into the role of President in the fall of 2020. She loves serving on the board as it serves as an additional outlet to reach and build a community around her passion, helping dyslexic students succeed. In her free time, Alison loves spending time inside the pottery studio and outside with her husband Skye and their beloved dog, Hoagie.
Janie is passionate about children’s reading success, and loves to see students attain the skills and self-confidence they need to thrive. She earned her bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University, yet discovered her true passion when she became a Certified Academic Language Therapist in 2012, and completed her M.A.T. at Colorado College. Janie was honored to serve 9 years as a literacy interventionist at SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, and now equips teachers in structured language therapy through the Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program in the Denver area. Janie loves working with students in private practice, and so enjoys supporting and educating families through the process of evaluating children through CLLC. Janie serves as Co-Chair of ALTA’s National Legislative Committee, and also on the Steering Committee for Orton Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
Jodi Champagne, M.Ed., CALT-QI
Jodi Champagne describes herself as a life-long learner. She studied Elementary Education at The Ohio State University, and proceeded to earn her Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Technology from The University of Dayton. While being a classroom teacher in multiple grades, Jodi developed a passion for literacy and language. She continued her education by completing the Literacy Intervention Specialist Certificate Program at Colorado College in 2013. After many years practicing as a Certified Academic Language Therapist, Jodi earned a Qualified Instructor certification so she could pass on her broad range of knowledge providing strategic intervention to students of all ages. Currently, Jodi works as Academic Support for Academy District 20 and as a QI for the CLLC. Jodi is Vice President for the ALTA-Rocky Mountain branch, and in her free time, she loves watching college football, skiing with her family, reading and her dog, Milo.
Kimberly FitzPatrick, M.A.T., CALT-QI
Kim FitzPatrick has had the honor of serving students as a literacy specialist with Academy School District 20 for over 17 years. She now supports children and families as a Learning Specialist at Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs. She earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 1994 and completed her elementary teaching certification in 1996. She proceeded to earn her M.A.T. through the Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program at Colorado College. Kim is certified through the Academic Language Therapy Association as a Certified Academic Language Therapist. Kim has a passion for helping students of all ages develop strong literacy skills. She also seeks to make a positive change to teacher training and knowledge in reading instruction. Kim serves as Vice President of Exhibits on the board of the ALTA-Rocky Mountain Chapter.
Dianela Martin is an Educational Diagnostician from Fort Worth, TX. She was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela but raised in Texas since she was 4 months old. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Texas – Austin. She then went into teaching and became a certified teacher in 2004. She has taught second grade, third grade, and fourth grade bilingual students in both English and Spanish and all subjects. She recently graduated from Texas Tech University with a master’s in special education and received her certification for Educational Diagnostician in 2019. She worked as a diagnostician in Texas until moving to Colorado Springs in July 2020. She is certified to teach and assess in both English and Spanish. Dianela is passionate about helping students with language and learning differences. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring her new state by finding new restaurants, hiking trails, and breweries. She is also an avid yogi and loves skiing with her boyfriend and her family.