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

Dana Green

Coordinator, Department of Educator Quality

With almost three decades of educational experience, Dana Green knows that the teacher is the most significant factor in student learning. Her desire is to build strong partnerships with district leadership to strategically place our interns with high-performing educators-providing them with high-quality teaching experience. With the expertise of the ECP team, she works collaboratively to support the needs of all students. Dana holds a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership and a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Administrative Leadership, both from Texas Tech University.

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.

Tisha Brown

Tisha Brown

Elementary Education Specialist/Program Manager

Tisha Brown believes that every student deserves a highly qualified teacher who possesses a solid understanding of using scientific, brain-based teaching strategies and methods. A passionate advocate for emerging bilingual and special education students, Tisha centers her instruction around creating a culture of high expectations with scaffolded support for all learners. She loves guiding new teachers on their journey to create equitable learning opportunities for all students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Educational Administration (M.Ed.) from the University of Texas at Austin. She has spent over twenty years in education as a teacher and school principal. 

Amy Walsh

Career & Technical Education Specialist, Statewide

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.

Jill Abernathy

Jill Abernathy

Career & Technical Education Specialist, Local

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.

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. It is Megan’s past experiences and admiration for educators that inspires her to support and encourage future teachers each day.

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.

Andrew Garza

Certification Program Assistant

Andrew Garza has a bright and diverse perspective when it comes to administering quality educational services. Their time spent in Higher Education has furthered their commitment to the development of future educators and the reduction of barriers to accessing vital benefits necessary to succeed.

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.