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Katy Independent School District

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

​​​Meet the Staff


Don Curran​

Instructional Officer for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs, Visually Impaired Programs and Assistive Technology

 Mr. Curran has worked for over twenty-five years in the field of Deaf and Hard of Hearing education.  He received his Bachelor's Degrees in Deaf Education and Elementary Education from Flagler College.  He received his  Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University.  He worked as a Speech Teacher and reading and language teacher at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, a computer science teacher at the Texas School for the Deaf, Technology Outreach Specialist for the Educational Resource Center on Deafness, Assistant Director of Deaf Services at the Texas Education Agency, Auditory Impairments Specialist in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and now as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist for the West 10 RDSPD.

Jennifer Magee

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist

Mrs. Magee has worked twenty-three years in Deaf Education as a Parent-Infant Advisor, Deaf Education Classroom Teacher

Educational Diagnostician, and Itinerant Teacher.  Currently, she works as a Diagnostic Specialist and Itinerant Teacher.  She has her Master's Degree in Deaf Education from Lamar University and her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Southwestern University. 


Carmen Gallego, M.S., CCC-A​

Educational Audiologist

Mrs. Gallego has worked in Katy ISD for six years as an audiologist for Health Services and for Special Education.  She received her Bachelor's Degree as a Speech Therapist and Audiologist from the Catholic University of Manizales (Colombia) and her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from ISEP -VIC (Spain) and an additional Master's Degree in Audiology from Hunter College at CUNY (City University of New York).  



Kristi C. Bourque, M.S., CCC-A

Educational Audiologist

Mrs. Bourque received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and a Master of Science degree in Audiology at Lamar University.  She has almost twenty years of experience as an audiologist.  She spent sixteen years in clinical practice at an Ear, Nose, and Throat practice in Houston, Texas where she served as Assistant Director of Audiology and Director of Newborn Hearing Screening.  Mrs. Bourque came to Katy ISD in September 2012.  


Kayla Mitchell

Administrative Assistant in Special Education


 Amy Withers

Parent-Infant Advisor

Mrs. Withers received her Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Education from Ole Miss University. Mrs. Withers received her Master's Degree from Gallaudet University in Parent-Infant Education for the Deaf. Mrs. Withers has taught in Deaf Education in Katy for twenty-one years. She was an Itinerant Teacher for three years then she moved into her position as Parent-Infant Advisor.

Lori Dunsmore

Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

 Mrs. Dunsmore.... ​

Courtney E. Davis, Ph.D., LSSP, NCSP

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Dr. Alison earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Agnes Scott College. She earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology at Texas A&M University. She has worked in Katy ISD since 2010 where she supports the West 10 RDSPD.




Cindy Bookout

Itinerant Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Ms. Bookout received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Science Disorders from the University of Texas.  She received her Master's Degree in Deaf Education from the University of Arkansas.  Ms. Bookout has been teaching for a total of thirteen years.   She has been an Itinerant Teacher for the West 10 RDSPD in Katy ISD for the past eleven years.   


 Kaleigh Kelchner

Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Mrs. Kelchner has a Bachelor's degree in Habilitation of the Deaf from Texas Christian University and a Master's degree in Deaf Education from the University of Northern Colorado.  She has worked in Education for 10 years and has had a variety of roles from Itinerant teacher to a classroom teacher.  Mrs. Kelchner has also worked with a variety of ages from babies all the way up to High School students.



Avesha Irshad

Paraprofessional for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Ms. Irshad has a Bachelor's degree in Science major in Statistics and a Master's degree in Science (Statistics) from the University of Karachi (Pakistan). I have worked as a customer service representative at Bank. and started as a sub at KATYISD IN 2021. I got my first permanent position as a paraprofessional with HHE in August of 2021 and looking forward to more years to experience.

Brenda Geraci

Teacher for Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities, Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Mrs. Geraci attended Lamar University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  She also received her Master's Degree in Deaf Education. She has taught for twenty-five years, elementary through high school, with the last fifteen years, teaching preschool.

Jamie Patton

Interpreter Intern

Ms. Patton.... ​



 Linda Bostian

Itinerant Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Mrs. Bostian is an Itinerant Teacher in Katy ISD.  She has taught in public and private schools, both in Texas and Maryland.  She has served as a resource as well as an Itinerant Teacher.   She has been teaching for thirty-five years.




Anita Zachariah, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS, Cert. AVT

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Dr. Zachariah has worked in the field of Speech Pathology and Deaf Education for seventeen years. She completed her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree at the University of Texas at Dallas with a concentration in Communication Disorders, an Ed.D. at the University of Houston with a concentration in children with hearing impairment, and Auditory-Verbal Therapy licensure. 




utley.jpgMelinda Utley

Itinerant Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Ms. Utley has been teaching deaf and hard of hearing children for 30 years.  Twenty-six of those years have been with Katy ISD.  She has worked as a teacher at our elementary site campus and most recently as an itinerant teacher.  Ms. Utley received her Bachelor's Degree in Deaf Education from Texas Tech University.



Pamela Boyd

Sign Language Interpreter

Mrs. Boyd has worked in Katy for twenty-eight years.  She has been a  Sign Language Interpreter for the West 10 RDSPD for twenty-three years.  An interesting fact about Mrs. Boyd is that she has a niece who is deaf. 




Jill Cleveland

Classroom teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Interpreter for the Deaf

Ms. Cleveland is a certified Deaf Education Teacher (grades PK-12). This year is her 19th year as a teacher.  For ten years, she taught high school American Sign Language. She is very excited to return to Deaf Education and work with Deaf students, as well as be a role model for them.

She graduated from Kempner High School in Fort Bend ISD in the top 25% of my class then attended Sam Houston State University to receive my bachelor's degree. After that, she received her Master's degree in Deaf Education from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX.

She received my first cochlear implant in August 2012 and has been blessed with the implant! It is her hope that with the experiences she has gone through as a Deaf student and adult that she can and will be the role model for your child. !

Andrea Alford

Classroom teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Interpreter for the Deaf

Andrea Alford has been teaching deaf and hard of hearing students for 16 years. She has taught 13 years with middle and high school in Cypress Fairbanks I.S.D., and is currently a 3rd-5th grade classroom Deaf Education teacher in Katy ISD. She currently holds a Masters of Science in Deaf Education from Texas Woman’s University and received her Educational Administration from Lamar University. Andrea is deaf and enjoys sharing personal experiences as a role model for her students. Andrea is truly passionate about her students' learning and believes having high expectations is paramount in a child’s success.​

melinda b.jpgMelinda Benavides

Sign Language Interpreter

Melinda Benavides has been interpreting for over 25 years. This is her 1st year in Katy ISD. She relocated to the Houston area from Brownsville. Melinda is a CODA with a deaf parent and deaf siblings. ASL is her first language, and she speaks Spanish fluently. She loves working with deaf students.





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