If you are having any difficulty using this website, please contact the Help Desk at Help@nullHofstra.edu or 516-463-7777 or Student Access Services at SAS@nullhofstra.edu or 516-463-7075. Please identify the webpage address or URL and the specific problems you have encountered and we will address the issue.

Skip to Main Content
Certification and Educational Support Services

Educational Support Services Contacts

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

233 Hagedorn Hall
119 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1190
Phone: (516) 463-5747
Fax: (516)463-6503

Stacy Zalewski,MSED, 1998 Dowling College (Special Education) is the Senior Associate Dean of School of Education. Stacy is responsible for coordinating the on campus certification process. She also implements procedures and resolve issues related to Hofstra's candidates for teacher certification. Certification Seminars are offered each semester for students who will be applying for New York State Certification.  Stacy reviews all certification recommendations and processes state applications on the TEACH system.  If you have any questions or need information regarding New York State Certification, please feel free to contact Stacy at (516) 463-5747 E-mail

Marianne Torres, Senior Support Specialist, is the assistant to Stacy Zalewski in the Office of Educational Support Services. As Senior Support Specialist, it is Marianne’s responsibility to support the Associate Dean working with registering new programs and changes to existing programs with the New York State Education Department.  Creating and revising plans of study.  Updating undergraduate DARS, and changes to the website.  Assist with the Title II program completers report, US News reports and in preparing the Federal Title II report.

Diane Cecere, Executive Secretary, The Office of Educational Support Services depends on Diane to ensure that all activities within the office are efficient and orderly.  Diane acts as a liason for the office responding to student and faculty inquiries.  In addition, she attends and monitors all state mandated seminars.

Liudmila Patokina is the Director of Program Support in the Office of Educational Support Services. She received two advanced degrees from Hofstra University: in Administration of Education in 2000 and in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies in 2016. She is currently enrolled in Ed.D. in Educational and Policy Leadership program. Liudmila works collaboratively with Associate Dean for Certification and Educational Support Services, Office of Admissions, Academic Records, ISA, SAS, other departments, divisions and appropriate personnel and faculty to ensure that Hofstra graduate students fulfill all requirements for their major. Liudmila is responsible for administering the Examination for Information Retrieval (EIR), updating students' records with CLEP, UExcel, OPI and WPT exams, proctoring written examinations from other institutions, processing course evaluation requests, petitions, and major approvals, and assisting with CAEP and other reports. Liudmila is a native speaker of Russian.

Allison King, MA,  Allison received her Master of Arts in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Math, Science and Technology, MST, from Hofstra University in 2006. Allison taught math and science in the New York City Schools and spent four years as an Assistant Dean in the Office of Academic Advisement. After spending a few years at home with her children, Allison has returned to Hofstra University and is now located in the School of Education Dean’s Office as the Administrative Assistant and Assistant Director of Program Support. Allison’s primary responsibility is maintaining Hofstra University’s Educational Law Seminars. She coordinates seminars each semester and maintains the online seminars through Hofstra’s blackboard system. Allison processes seminar grades, notifies students of seminar deficiencies, helps students understand their Educational Law Seminar requirements and checks Major Approval Forms for candidates for graduation. Allison also verifies excess credit requests for students in the School of Education.