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
ECP Project Coordinator, 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.
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.
Career & Technical Education Specialist
Jill Abernathy’s educational experience has been centered around recruiting and growing quality teachers. She is motivated by the idea that all students deserve teachers who are prepared for the rewards and challenges of educating diverse student populations and who recognize the power of education within communities. She is passionate about growing and supporting Career and Technical Education by helping others to navigate a path from industry or post-secondary education to teacher certification.
Susan Vandament has been privileged to work in all levels of public education from Early Childhood through High School in her 20+ years as a Texas educator. Susan has a contagious passion for literacy instruction for the neurodiverse learner. Her goal is to inspire teachers to create engaging learning experiences that meet the needs of students with a multitude of learning styles. She believes that every student deserves a positive academic experience.
Online Learning Specialist
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
Sarah Jones is passionate about education and supporting teachers while they obtain their certification. She believes that children are our
Special Education and Paraprofessional Education Specialist
Elisha Grossenbacher has passionately served in the field of special education for 16+ years. She believes in the power of yet and knows that with the right mindset, anything is possible. Her goal is to support all learners by providing appropriate access and removing barriers to ensure everyone reaches their full potential. She holds educators in the highest regard and is elated to have the opportunity to support them as they grow their teaching craft and seek their certifications.
Zenaida Peña’s professional experience has been dedicated to providing excellent customer service to all clients. Whether you are applying to our certification program or simply have questions about what we do. Her passion is to streamline the process and provide a memorable experience throughout the duration of our program and beyond.
Elementary and Bilingual Education Specialist
Dr. Gabriela Duron-Lara has 18+ years of serving in public education. She is a servant leader with a passion for developing new-to-profession educators through coaching and mentoring. Dr. Lara believes that teacher effectiveness begins with learning and implementing research-based instructional practices. She is dedicated to developing teachers in curriculum and instruction to meet all students’ academic achievement, social-emotional development, and second language acquisition.