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Dyslexia Therapy Reimagined

Kim Penttila

Location: Louisville, Colorado

Education: Master of Arts, Special Education Generalist & Specialist from University of Colorado, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education Emphasis: Computer Science from University of Montana, Bachelor of Arts, Pre-Psychology from University of California Santa Barbara

Years Experience Teaching: 20

Years Experience In Dyslexia: 7

Teaching Experience

With 20 years of diverse educational experience, I’ve taught in general and special education across private and public schools, residential treatment centers, and even an acute psychiatric hospital unit. My roles have ranged from dyslexia therapy at Children’s Hospital Colorado to spearheading structured literacy projects and professional development initiatives with Denver Public Schools. As the Structured Literacy Project Manager and CALT Qualified Instructor in Training, I’ve led cohorts of educators to deepen their expertise in multisensory structured literacy techniques. Additionally, I’ve served on the Board of Directors for the International Dyslexia Association – Rocky Mountain Branch (IDA-RMB), advocating for individuals with dyslexia and literacy challenges across the region.

Professional Affiliations

Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)
International Dyslexia Association- Rocky Mountain Branch (IDA-RMB) Board of Directors, 2016-2022

Programs Trained In

Take Flight
Wilson Reading System
CALT Qualified Instructor (QI) in Training

Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:

Why did you decide to become a CALT?

I became a Certified Academic Language Therapist after I witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of evidence-based literacy instruction on children struggling to read. I have a passion for ensuring that students of all abilities receive proven education and resources in literacy, empowering them to reach their fullest potential as readers and writers. I am dedicated to the belief that every individual deserves the opportunity to become proficient readers and succeed, irrespective of their background, age, or disability.

Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?

My favorite moment working with dyslexic students is when a child recognizes and expresses their growth in reading, spelling skills, and confidence. I am always honored and humbled to observe a child’s pride in their increased abilities.

Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?

My aim in working with children with dyslexia is to create a significant impact by boosting their self-esteem, advancing their reading and spelling abilities, and reshaping their self-image as readers. This is achieved through collaborative efforts with the child, their family, school, and other skilled language therapists.

Your teaching style, personality?

My teaching style combines warmth and high expectations within a structured and safe environment. I strive to build strong relationships with my students, emphasizing trust and respect. As a warm demander, I nurture a supportive atmosphere while maintaining high academic standards, encouraging each student to reach their full potential through clear expectations and consistent structure.

Any family details?

My family lives in Colorado, where my husband and elementary school-aged son share our home with two German Wirehaired Pointer dogs. We’re enthusiastic skiers and rafters, enjoy traveling, playing sports, and cherish time with friends and extended family.

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