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Administration

Lidia G. Zatopek
Director, Educator Certification and Professional Advancement Division
lzatopek@hcde-texas.org
Lidia Zatopek has a bachelor’s degree in Russian studies and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from University of Houston. She is a certified teacher and principal, with 28 years experience in education, 18 of those years in leadership development within school districts.

Jonett Edwards Miniel
Grants Development Manager, Educator Certification and Professional Advancement Division
jminiel@hcde-texas.org
Jonett Edwards Miniel holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University. She came into teaching as a second career, and has 10 years of classroom experience, and ten years experience writing and managing grants to support alternative certification programs. She has successfully written/managed eleven multi-year grants. Jonett assists in recruiting and intern placement, as well as developing and facilitating the professional development components of the division’s grants. 

Amy Thompson
Secretary, Educator Certification and Professional Advancement Division
amthompson@hcde-texas.org
Amy Thompson has worked in alternative certification for the past 17 years, the last six with HCDE’s Educator Certification and Professional Advancement Division. She serves as the initial point of contact for the program, and assists in recruiting and intern support. 

Instructors and Field Supervisors

Lisa Felske, Curriculum Director of Science

Nicole Shanahan, Curriculum Director of Mathematics