Meet the Breakthrough Administrative Team

Joe Breedlove, Executive Director
Joe is a Fort Worth native with more than 30 years of experience in education. He is a graduate of Fort Worth Country Day and Texas Christian University, and has served as Breakthrough director since 2002. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Andrea, and his two children, McKenna and Joseph.

Rudi Flores, Operations Director
Rudi has been a part of the program for nine years. Rudi was a Breakthrough student from 2001-03 and taught in the Breakthrough summer program from 2005-2010. During the summer, he supports our students and teaching fellows as the Dean of Students. He also supports our 8th graders through High School Options. He served as a corps member and team leader for City Year (an AmeriCorps national service network) in San Antonio, where he completed 5,200 hours of service at S.J. Davis Middle School working with sixth-grade math classes. Rudi was the first in his family to graduate from college and holds a BA in Electronic Media with a minor in Spanish from The University of Texas at El Paso.

Jessica Manzano-Valdez, Program Director
A former Breakthrough Central Texas student and teaching fellow, Jessica is responsible for helping guide the long-term strategies for teacher training, student curriculum, and instructional coaching. Highly organized, she manages all communication to the families and participating schools and serves as liaison to the national Breakthrough Collaborative. Jessica is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and has a master's degree in Teaching with a concentration in School Leadership from Texas Wesleyan University. Before becoming Programming Director, Jessica served as an ELA in FWISD through Teach for America and a math and reading interventionist in local charter schools.


List of 3 members.

  • Mr. Joe Breedlove 78

    Director of Breakthrough, Boys Basketball Program Director and Head Coach
    (817) 302-3294
    Texas Christian University - B.B.A.
    Year appointed: 1998
  • Mr.  Rudi Flores 

    Breakthrough Operations Director
    (817) 302-3280 ext. 3314
    Year appointed: 2013
  • Jessica Manzano-Valdez 

    Breakthrough Programming Director
    Year appointed: 2021
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.