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Meet Our Staff

Patricia Rocha, Ph.D.


As director of the Office of Educator Preparation, Dr. Rocha 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.

Jim Van Overschelde, Ph.D.

Director, Evaluation and Research

Dr. Van Overschelde conducts formative and summative evaluations of the University’s 40+ initial and professional educator certification programs, leads the reporting efforts for each programs’ Texas, Title II accreditations, leads many evaluation activities designed to improve the quality of the University’s educator preparation programs and data, and works with other faculty members on research designed to improve Texas State’s programs and to inform state and federal educator preparation policies.

Leticia Botello


Working in close collaboration with director and staff to support the implementation of program expectations, and acts as a direct support for student teaching faculty. 

Angela Leibold

Certification Officer

Angela's primary role is to recommend candidates to the State Board for Educator Certification. Other duties include advising Stand-Alone Teacher Certification students, processing applications for Admittance to the Educator Preparation Program, TExES test approval, and preparing certification plans. 

Magdalena Ortiz

Office Manager

Magdalena is the office manager for the Office of Educator Preparation. The Office Manager oversees purchasing, hiring of faculty and staff, and other administrative duties.


Travel Specialist

The receptionist for the Office of Educator Preparation. Oversees all travel requirements for OEP employees and the student teaching faculty. Fields phone calls and walk-ins and advises prospective students on the Educator Preparation Program requirements.

Leticia Patterson

Student Teacher Placement Specialist

Leticia 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.