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Alison Santa Maria, MAT, CALT, CDT

Executive Director, Springs Literacy Center

Alison Santa Maria received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Coe College in 2009. She earned her Master's of Arts in Teaching and the Literacy Intervention Specialist Program from Colorado College in 2015. Within the practice she founded, she has logged over 1500 clinical teaching hours. In addition, she was employed as an interventionist for a local  public school from 2013-2016. While working there, she was awarded a $2000 for a grant she wrote to provide  audiobook accomodations for the public school library. Alison was awarded the National ALTA Therapy Level Scholarship in 2015 , recognizing her contribution to improving services for those with dyslexia. Alison also serves as President-Elect  for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Academic Language Therapy Association. 

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Practitioners

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Brooke Sassi, MAT, CALP

Brooke Sassi received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado in 2002. In 2016, after her then 10-year-old son received a dyslexia diagnosis, she pursued her Master of Arts in Teaching and the Literacy Intervention Specialist Program at Colorado College to help him and other students like him. She was honored to earn the Excellence in Graduate Research award in 2018, and has gone on to pursue her PhD in Educational Policy, Research, and Leadership at the University of Denver. Brooke currently works in intervention at Calhan elementary, and hopes to earn her CALT certification in the summer of 2020.

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Gina Clark, CALP

Gina Clark earned her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2014. In 2016 Gina started working at The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs teaching second grade. While teaching here, she realized the need for more teachers who can provide explicit reading instruction to students who struggle. This realization led her to discover the Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program at Colorado College. Gina is currently in her second year at Colorado College will complete her Master’s of Arts in Teaching and the Literacy Intervention Specialist Program in May of 2020. Gina is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner.

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Louise D’Amato

Louise D’Amato earned her B.A. in K-6 Education, with a minor in Special Education receiving her certification in New York State and holds a Colorado Professional Teacher license. She was a national reading trainer for the SFA (Success For All) Reading Program developed out of Johns Hopkins University. Her love of teaching reading led her to continue her education in language based learning disabilities and dyslexia. She completed her Associate Level Training with a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practioners and Educators (AOGPE) After a career in the public and charter schools, she had a private tutoring practice in New York City. She was a language tutor at The Kildonan School’s Camp Dunnabeck and Durango Mountain Camp. With 15+ years of professional experience, Louise is always seeking to improve her literacy skills to support the children she serves. This led her to the Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program at Colorado College. She is currently in her first year at Colorado College and will complete her Masters of Arts in Teaching and the Literacy Intervention Specialist Program in June of 2021.