DEANS OF INSTRUCTION
Duane Clark joined the South Early College faculty in January 2023. He began his career in 2001 as a Teach For America Corp member, teaching physics, AP physics and AP statistics in the Jones High School Vanguard program, and has 22 years of experience in education with HISD. Clark has served as teacher, athletic coach, graduation coach, principal, assistant principal, and dean of instruction. Clark is originally from Baton Rouge, LA. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Dillard University in New Orleans, and later obtained a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Houston.
Nora Sada graduated from Texas A&M University – College Station in May of 2002. She began her teaching career shortly thereafter as a bilingual elementary teacher. She later gained her masters degree from Sam Houston State University in instructional leadership and then moved into leadership positions. She has served in multiple leadership capacities: grade level dean, bilingual skills specialist, bilingual dyslexia specialist, assistant principal, and principal. Ms. Sada’s prior 17 years of experience were at the elementary level. She has moved to the high school level this year to engage with secondary students and learn about the intricacies of the secondary level. She is proud to serve SECHS in the capacity of Magnet Coordinator and CTE Administrator.
She serves in the following:
- Magnet coordinator
- CTE administrator
- LPAC coordinator
- TELPAS testing
- Transportation coordinator
- Textbook coordinator
- Appraisal and development coach
- TSI testing
Zazalleesha Swanson, affectionately known as Zaza, was born and raised in the vibrant city of Houston, Texas, into a family with a deep-rooted legacy in education. Her parents, Jeanetta and William Swanson Jr., instilled in her a strong foundation of values that have shaped her life's journey.
Zaza's educational path took her on a remarkable journey through prestigious institutions. She began her academic pursuits at Texas Tech University and continued her quest for knowledge through higher education at Concordia University in Austin, Harvard University, and Rice University.
For the past 17 years, Zaza has dedicated herself to the field of education, where she has served in various capacities. Her career has been marked by her unwavering dedication to the growth and development of young minds. Zaza has assumed roles ranging from teacher to department chair, grade level chair, Assistant Principal, and Dean of Instruction, leaving a positive impact at every step of her journey.
Zaza Swanson's commitment to her community is unwavering. She is passionate about witnessing the growth and development of her students and the broader community she serves.