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About Us

Learn with Alyssa (LWA) is a small team of ambitious, heart-centered, social entrepreneurs on a mission to improve literacy outcomes for children. At Learn with Alyssa, we leverage academic and instructional coaching support as a means to improve literacy outcomes. We balance a passion for literacy instruction and deep understanding of learning sciences with the ability to implement and deliver measurable results.

Meet Alyssa


Alyssa Althouse has over 20 years in education, an active teaching credential, extensive intervention practicum and professional development, Orton-Gillingham, Structured Literacy, GLAD and OL&LA training, EBLI informed, Interactive Metronome Certified, numerous teaching, leadership, and advocacy experiences and a passion for social entrepreneurship. Alyssa is fervid about the mission of LWA because of her own experiences in education. Even with a degree in Education and training as a Reading Specialist, she started teaching without fully utilizing the Science of Reading (SoR) in her elementary classroom. Knowing what she knows now, she would have served her students differently during those early years, staying true to her roots in early childhood education and the fundamentals of literacy development. Alyssa has seen the phenomenal impacts implementing structured literacy has had on her current students and is excited about helping parents and teachers access the knowledge they need to best serve their learners. She is constantly seeking out new courses and trainings to be able to provide the most current research to her practice. When we know better, we can do better!

Alyssa is a champion for children and knows what it feels like and looks like to struggle. Her goal - to improve literacy outcomes for children, even if it's just one child at a time.

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Meet Mahta

   Mahta is our fantastic virtual reading therapist providing evidence based literacy instruction online. Virtual tutoring makes quality teaching more easily available, giving children access to the services they need and deserve. Mahta has an MA in International Education Development from Columbia University. This, coupled with her work in Language Skills Therapy, Education, and Structured Literacy training, makes her a dream tutor. 

     Mahta enjoys the privilege of helping children with Dyslexia and other learning challenges learn to read and write. She believes every child is a “mine rich in gems of inestimable value.” Every child has the right to be taught in the manner in which he/she learns best. Having supported her own children in navigating their learning differences, this is a passion that is close to her heart. She sees it as the responsibility of the educator to understand the needs of each child, and to deliver instruction that meets those needs effectively. Mahta is insistent that our children don’t have time for us to experiment - they need proper instruction now. Without adequate education, those priceless gems may never be revealed, the child may never discover their talents, and our entire society would be poorer for the loss of that potential.

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Alyssa resides in San Rafael, CA with her husband, two boys, and two cats. In her spare time, you can find her hiking or at the beach, painting, cooking, snuggled up for a good movie, and forever networking.

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