Illuminating lives with the ability to read, write, and spell.
Illuminations Center for Dyslexia
M.Ed., C.A.L.T., NBCT
Who We Are
Adina Griffith, M.Ed., CALT
Leta Palmiter is the Executive Director of Illuminations Center for Dyslexia in Meridian, Mississippi. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Mississippi University for Women in 1997, and a M.Ed. in Dyslexia Therapy from Mississippi College in 2011. She was awarded the recognition of National Board Certified Teacher in November of 2009, and successfully fulfilled the requirements to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist in June of 2012.
Mrs. Palmiter has taught almost every elementary grade through her 17 year career in both the regular education classroom and the special education setting. She found that in each setting, there were a few students that seem to struggle more with reading than others, but were obviously bright children otherwise. She pursued a degree in Dyslexia Therapy when all other professional development had been unsuccessful. It was the beginning of a new chapter.
Mrs. Palmiter taught in Lakewood, Colorado before returning home to Meridian. She taught in the Meridian Public Schools, St. Patrick Catholic School, and the Lauderdale County School System, before leaving to found Illuminations. It was the need to reach children who learned differently that drove Leta to open a center for dyslexic children. Currently, she and her staff serve over 45 children in three private school settings, with after school and summer semester at the center. Students travel from a 9 county area to receive quality dyslexia therapy services.
Mrs. Palmiter is also a professional development specialist, having trained teachers in each of the schools with whom Illuminations partners. She works with teachers to meet the needs of all children in the regular classroom, teaching them to differentiate in a manageable manner. She co-taught with many teachers in the public school setting as well, helping design instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Illuminations Center for Dyslexia is a non-profit organization and is a member of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.
"Things are drastically different since I met Mrs. Leta. About three years ago, when I met her, I couldn’t read or spell very well at all. I was afraid to read out loud, afraid that everyone would laugh at me for not being able to read fluently. Mrs. Leta showed me, that with a little help, I could learn just as well as everyone around me. She taught me how to read, spell, and be proud of my work.
Mrs. Leta is kind, smart, and loves to help people with dyslexia. She helps them overcome their reading and spelling disability. She understands the struggles of dyslexic students and helps them overcome it by teaching them tools on spelling. We reviewed the spelling deck cards every day, the practice of all the ways to spell a sound helped me remember them and become a better speller. She also taught me how to use the dictionary. This tool made me a better writer. She even taught me how to break up big words into smaller syllables in order to spell them.
Ever since I met my tutor, I love to read! I read almost all day if I can! Mrs. Leta would read to me after each therapy session. I loved the stories she read to me, when she read it, I could imagine the story when Mrs. Leta read to me. Listening to all the stories made them come alive and it made me want to read even more! It was a really big challenge at first, it got easier as time went on.
All the things she has done for me! She showed me how to read, showed me how to write and spell! I read and spell serenely now thanks to her! She taught me that you can overcome almost any obstacle! All you might need is a little help to get through them!"
Oliva, Age 14
The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
"I feel called to teach children to read, write, and spell. Such joy comes from the "light bulb" moments, and I started Illuminations to give dyslexics the opportunity to shine."
All Dyslexia Therapists are Orton-Gillingham trained at Mississippi College or William Carey University and licensed to teach by the state of Mississippi.
Mrs. Griffith is the Assistant Director of Illuminations Center of Dyslexia. She is a trained dyslexia therapist. She has taught for many years in the public and private school system. Adina will be offering therapy services as well as academic tutoring at Illuminations of Meridian.
Illuminations Center for Dyslexia was founded on the belief that every student has the ability to learn. The mission of Illuminations Center for Dyslexia is to maximize the potential of children with language-based learning differences using highly individualized, multi-sensory, research-based instruction; empowering students to utilize their strengths to think, imagine, and create in a stimulating and supportive environment that cultivates intellectual, social, and emotional growth.
Illuminations Center for Dyslexia, Inc. admits students of any sex, race, religion, national origin, or other origin to all the rights and privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students attending the school.
Illuminations is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, religion, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.in administration of its educational policies, administrative policies for scholarships, loans and other administrative programs.
The Illuminations Center for Dyslexia was established in May of 2013 by Director Leta Palmiter, M.Ed., C.A.L.T., NBCT. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Illuminations Center for Dyslexia in Meridian works to change the lives of children in East Mississippi and West Alabama. In addition to our primary mission to teach child to read, write, and spell, we offering a variety of tutoring services. We also work to increase teacher and parent knowledge through public forum and teacher training. We partner with East Mississippi Center for Educational Development to provide professional development in Meridian and the surrounding areas. Advocacy has also been effective in changing the way accommodations and modifications have been implemented for our students in the public school setting.
Ms. Griffin is a certified teacher in reading and math and is finishing her therapy degree at William Carey University. She has taught for many years in the
Quitman school system, and now is with the Lauderdale County Schools. Anna will be offering therapy services as well as academic tutoring at Illuminations of Meridian.
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