Meet the Director
Linda M. Shepard
Director of ESL & Bilingual Programs
Linda Shepard serves as the Director of ESL & Bilingual Programs in Katy ISD. Linda oversees the programs that support the needs of English Language Learners, which are comprised of the following major areas: Bilingual education (one-way and two-way program models), English as a Second Language, ELL District Testing Center, Parent Centers, and numerous activities supported by Title III LEP and Immigrant grants. With over 19 years of working with English Language Learners, Linda provides a wealth of experience supporting the critical components of effective language programs. Her vision is to provide unparalleled learning experiences to English Language Learners that support the language and academic needs of students.
Linda has a Master's in Educational Leadership, and previously studied International Relations and Spanish. She also studied in Spain, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and believes that providing access to the curriculum in a way that is comprehensible to all students can empower learners and educators. She encourages her team to stay abreast of the latest research on language acquisition, and the new technology that supports language and content. She believes a classroom, which is focused on quality questioning and providing opportunities for supporting the Katy ISD Cornerstones, immerses students in higher order thinking skills that allow students to reach their full potential.
Meet the Coordinator
Coordinator of ESL & Bilingual Programs
Rosie Pratt is the Coordinator for ESL &
Bilingual Programs for Katy ISD. She has over 25 years of experience in
education, particularly with language and academic achievement of students
serviced through English Language Learner (ELL) Programs. Rosie directs
the Programmatic and Compliance components within the department, providing
support to all elementary and secondary campuses. She is specifically
interested in issues related to bilingualism, biliteracy, and the development
of academic language across all content areas. Mrs. Pratt is bilingual
certified and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Education, a
testament to her commitment to the education of all learners.