Phone: (713) 942-1430
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Management and Administration, LSU M.B.A Finance, LSU M.A. English w/Initial Teacher Licensure, Westfield State University TX ELAR 8-12 TX ELL
Ms. Laura B. Shepard
Hello! In this photo, I am in New Orleans last fall on a steamy, 98 degree day while on a walking tour given by a US History teacher of Native American descent in which she recasts the history of the settlement of this bustling port city on the Mississippi River to include not just the contributions of the French and the Spanish explorers, but the generally overlooked legacy of the 14 or so Indian tribes scattered in and around the city. I chose this photo for my profile to emphasize that learning can occur anywhere, anytime, and that, as a lifelong learner myself, I can't overemphasize the empowering nature of opening your mind every day to learn something new!
I grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and attended LSU where I received an M.B.A in Finance. My education afforded me the opportunity to work in energy and international banking in Houston, London, and NYC over an 18 year span. After leaving corporate banking to raise my children, our family moved from TX to the Berkshire Mountains of far western MA. I decided to put my love of literature into earning a Masters in English along with my teaching creds at Westfield State University. I taught 12th, 8th, and 10th grade English for 4 years in a small community before my husband and I returned to Houston.
Prior to joining the HAIS team in the fall of 2018, I taught in HISD at Lamar High and Middle College High School--Felix Fraga. Now in my second year of HAIS, I am thrilled to be a dual credit adjunct professor of English 1301/1302, a facilitator of the Service Learning and Research Capstone through 11th grade Business English, and the proud sponsor of the Class of 2020! Outside of my teaching practice, I am a rabid reader of recipes and a pretty good cook who loves hosting family and friends. I also enjoy reading all kinds of texts, bingeing on Netflix occasionally, hiking whenever possible, taking long bike rides, and debating politics.
I look forward to being a teacher, mentor, good listener, and positive vibe for our amazing HAIS students in the 2019-2020 school year! Stop by room 102 and say hi!