• Dr. Gwen Coffey serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Special Education. In that capacity, Dr. Coffey leads and supports district staff in the development of procedures and guidance related to the evaluation and design of special education services and supports.

    Dr. Coffey has held several roles during the span of her educational career, including teaching general education, special education, serving as a school counselor and as an assistant principal all at both the elementary and secondary levels. In 2015, Dr. Coffey was named as the principal of Rylander Elementary, and she held that title until moving into the Department of Special Education. Dr. Coffey holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, a second Master’s Degree from University of Houston-Victoria, and a Doctoral Degree from Texas Tech University. 

  • Marchelle Peters

    Marchelle Peters has been a special educator for more than 20 years.  She received her Bachelor of Education with a major in Special Education from Baylor University.  She achieved her Master’s in Educational Psychology/Special Education from the University of Houston. Ms. Peters taught special education classes in Pasadena ISD before becoming a diagnostician and serving in that role for 8 years in several different districts. She has continued to work in special education as a Coordinator for Diagnosticians in Spring ISD and joined the Katy ISD team in 2017 as an Instructional Officer. In 2020 she became a Director for Special Education before becoming the Executive Director of Special Education in 2022.   

  • Christopher Rigdon has worked in Special Education for over 28 years. Mr. Rigdon has served as an intermediate schoolteacher/team leader, high school campus administrator, and an elementary coordinator. For the last 11 years, Mr. Rigdon has worked in Katy ISD as a Special Education Director. Throughout the span of his career, Mr. Rigdon has supported a variety of Special Education programs and age groups. He holds both his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

    Christopher Rigdon





           Kara Landgrebe began her educational career by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Medicine from the University of Houston before pursuing her educational certificate. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. Over the course of her 15 year career, Ms. Landgrebe has held several roles including a general and special educator, coordinator in school improvement, and assistant principal, before becoming an instructional officer in the Department of Special Education in 2020. In 2022, she was named as Director of Specialized Programs.