About Us

ECP provides trusted, professional pathways to certification in order to develop accomplished educators who focus on student success and positively affect the future. 

Region 13 ECP

The Region 13 Educator Certification Program has been certifying teachers since 1992 through alternative certification. ECP has evolved and grown throughout the years by adapting to the legislative requirements and continually revising the curriculum to meet the needs of our future teachers. As a part of a regional service center, ECP implements research-based trends and practices in the field of education and understands the connection between research and the application of that research in classrooms.  

Region 13 is one of twenty service centers that serve the Texas’ educational needs.  We collaborate with our schools and communities to promote quality instruction in order to maximize student performance. We serve as a liaison between the Texas Education Agency and the local school districts and the schools they serve by disseminating information, conducting training and consultation for both federal and state programs.

Meet Our Team

Erica Garza

Coordinator, Department of Educator Quality

Erica Garza is dedicated to helping teachers learn and grow in their profession. She feels that preparing educators for their new careers is highly rewarding. Her role in ECP is to inspire the team to work collaboratively to give our future teachers the best certification experience possible.

Alexis Juusola

Master Reading Teacher Education Specialist

Alexis Juusola has a love for learning and passion for supporting teachers though professional development to meet the needs of all students. She has 10 years of experience in education as a bilingual teacher, dyslexia practitioner, instructional coach, and most recently as an Education Specialist at Region 13. Alexis holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Literacy and completing a Doctor of Education (EdD) in curriculum and instruction.

Cristina Andrews

Bilingual/Elementary Education Specialist

Cristy Andrews believes that all students have the right to an education and this begins with appropriate teacher preparation. Her role is to support novice teachers in implementing current & effective practices to apply with students and other stakeholders. Teachers who seek opportunities to grow and contribute to the profession, drive her motivation.

Joann Brewer

Special Education Specialist/Program Manager

Joann Brewer believes every student can soar on the path of their potential when a dedicated teacher supports them along their journey. She also believes that beginning teachers appreciate and feel confident in supporting their students when they receive strong support as they approach their new teaching responsibilities. Joann’s passion is ignited when she goes out into the classrooms and see the teachers and the effect they have on the students. Their hard work is inspiring and exciting.

Pam Pate

Secondary Education Specialist/Program Manager

Pam Pate believes that becoming a teacher is a journey, with exciting and challenging experiences at every step. She is privileged to guide new teachers on this life-changing journey, and she is passionate about helping them become effective educators for all students.

Melissa Stewart

District Referral and All Content Accelerated Program Education Specialist

Melissa Stewart’s life’s work is dedicated to supporting new teachers and the students they serve. Her mission is to provide essential training to novice teachers of all certificate areas as well as serving as a guide on the journey to become a professional educator.

Michelle Noon

Secondary Field Support Specialist

Michelle Noon believes that every teacher can become successful and happy with the right support and resources. Her goal is to help new educators obtain the balance they need to find that success and support them along their journey.

Amy Walsh

Career & Technical Education Specialist

Amy Walsh believes that a positive growth mindset creates a classroom culture where teachers can shine and students thrive socially and academically. Her goal is to provide new Career and Technical teachers with the foundational tools needed to bridge the gap between their industry skills and the developmental needs of secondary students in today’s classrooms.

Stefannie Cundiff

Bilingual/Elementary Field Support Specialist

Stefannie believes that a positive growth mindset creates a classroom culture where teachers can shine and students thrive socially and academically.

Megan Wilky

Online Learning Specialist

Megan Wilky is dedicated to helping future educators obtain teacher certification. Her role is to support aspiring teachers as they navigate and complete the online courses that will prepare them for certification exams and the classroom.

Angela Luna

ELEM, SEC, and SPED Program Assistant

Angela Luna believes in the importance of continuing education and is dedicated to assisting and supporting those wanting to reach their goal of becoming a teacher. She is committed to assisting potential future teachers in understanding the program and process to begin their pathway of becoming a teacher and assisting the program specialists with the needs of their interns.

Mary Retzloff

Project Specialist/Budget Manager

Mary Retzloff is passionate about education. She is dedicated to supporting current interns and future teachers in any way. Her goal is to assist them in understanding the process of becoming a teacher so they are able to be successful in reaching their goal.

Sarah Jones

Certification Officer

Sarah Jones is passionate about education and supporting teachers while they obtain their certification. She believes that children are our future, if we teach them well and let them lead the way. Her goal is to ensure that each perspective teacher has a smooth process following state guidelines while achieving their standard certificate.