Meet the Director & Coordinator
Linda M. Shepard
Director of ESL & Bilingual Programs
Linda Shepard serves as the Director of ESL & Bilingual Programs. She oversees the programs that support the needs of English 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 25 years of working with English 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 learners that support the language and academic needs of students.
Ms. Shepard holds 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. Ms. Shepard believes a classroom, which is focused on quality questioning and provides opportunities for supporting the Katy ISD Strategic Design, immerses students in higher order thinking skills that allow them to reach their full potential.
Coordinator of ESL & Bilingual Programs
Rosie Pratt serves as the Coordinator of ESL &
Bilingual Programs. She has over 30 years of experience in
education, particularly with language and academic achievement of students
serviced through English learner 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.