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Office of Educator Preparation Directory

Jode Flint

Jodie Flint, Ph.D., Director
jflint@txstate.edu

As director of the Office of Educator Preparation, Dr. Flint works with departmental leaders across the University regarding educator certification requirements, assists in recruiting students from high-needs teaching fields into teacher education, and works with school district administrators to provide field experiences for students working toward initial teacher certification.

Before joining Texas State University

At the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Jodie was the manager for organizational learning. In this position, she designed and implemented processes and tools to ensure that all staff learned from their work, codified and document what they learned, and shared that learning. These processes and tools supported generative, reflective, innovative and practical thinking, to move experience to knowledge--knowledge to solve problems of practice, shape new projects, inform guiding design principles, and strengthen professional practice.

Prior to joining the Dana Center in 2004, Jodie was an adjunct faculty member of the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, where she coordinated the TIES (Teacher Induction, Education, and Support) Program.

Jodie has 17 years of experience as a classroom teacher and campus administrator.

Education

Ph.D., Curriculum Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

M.Ed., Education Administration (Principalship), Trinity University

B.A., English and Studio Art, Southwest Texas State University

Selected Publications

Flint, J. (2011). Challenging “common sense”: Curriculum as a dynamic endeavor. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Flint, J.. & Howerton, D. (2011, second edition). Making the most of your coaching investment: Tools to strengthen your local instructional coaching program. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin

Flint, J. (coauthor). (2011, second edition). Classroom walkthrough for continuous improvement: Strengthening teaching and learning. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Flint, J. (2004). Charting the course: Good schools for students and their teachers. Austin, TX: The Teacher Induction, Education, and Support Program, The College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.


Jim Van Overschelde, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Evaluation and Research
jv23@txstate.edu

Dr. Van Overschelde is leading the formative evaluation of the University’s educator preparation program, and is responsible for OEP’s data dissemination and reporting. Dr. Van Overschelde is also an assistant professor in Curriculum & Instruction teaching courses in research methods. His research interests include improving the quality of educator preparation, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education at the middle and high school levels, and in applying cognitive science research findings to the classroom in order to improve instruction and learning.


Michele Breeden, M. Ed.
Coordinator
Mh81@txstate.edu

Michele Breeden works in close collaboration with OEP’s director and staff to support the implementation of program expectations, and acts as a direct support for student teaching faculty.  Her research interests include improving the quality of educator preparation, beginning teacher efficacy, developing teacher praxis, and literacy instruction. 


Stephanie Long
Certification Officer
oep@txstate.edu
 
The Certification Officer recommends teacher, principal, counselor, and educational diagnostician candidates to the State Board for Educator Certification.  The Certification Officer writes Certification Plans for all teacher candidates, verifies certification for out of state requests, and advises post-baccalaureate teacher candidates.  Information about certification can be found on the OEP website.

Magdalena Ortiz
Office Manager and ETS Testing Center Supervisor
oep@txstate.edu

The Office Manager for the Office of Educator Preparation is also the ETS Test Center Supervisor. In addition to overseeing purchasing and other administrative duties, the Office Manager processes TExES test approvals for teacher candidates.


DeLara Julian
Student Teacher Placement Specialist
studentteaching@txstate.edu

The Placement Specialist works with school districts throughout the state of Texas and university departments regarding student teacher placement. She also oversees 30-Hour Observation arrangements for post-baccalaureate students.


Angela Leibold, M.A.
Travel Specialist
Notary Public, State of Texas
oep@txstate.edu

Angela Leibold is the receptionist for the Office of Educator Preparation and also oversees all travel requirements for OEP employees and student teacher faculty each Fall and Spring semester.