Christy J. Shepard

Title: Special Education Educator
Company: Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Christy J. Shepard, Special Education Educator at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.

An esteemed figure in the field of special education, Ms. Shepard has amassed nearly 50 years of professional excellence in her areas of expertise. A university supervisor at Texas Tech University since 2012 and facilitator for Braille classes at Stephen F. Austin State University since 1999, Ms. Shepard teaches alternative learning techniques for visually impaired students. Prior to these appointments, she was a teacher for students with visual impairments at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District from 1976 to 2011, a teacher with the Aldine Independent School District from 1974 to 1976, and a secretary for Preston Exterminating Company from 1971 to 1974. She commenced her career as a customer service representative for Sears, Roebuck & Company in 1968.

Alongside her vocational endeavors, Ms. Shepard has served as a facilitator with Region 4 Education Service Center since 1999, board member of Harris County MUD 23 since 1989, and assistant secretary-treasurer of Harris County MUD 23 since 1989. In addition, she has participated in a number of civic engagements, including acting as the current treasurer of the Friends of the Fairbanks Library since 2014, affiliate of Loving Arms Pet Placement since 2010, and vice president of Harris County MUD 23 since 1989. Furthermore, she was an affiliate of People to People International in 1995 and a volunteer with the Winant Clayton-Tea with Queen Mother of England in 1973.

To prepare for her illustrious career, Ms. Shepard sought formal education, earning a Bachelor of Science in special education in 1974 and a Master of Science in occupational education in 1989 from the University of Houston. She has since been certified in Braille, electronic devices, interline from Braille to print, deficient vision, elementary education, kindergarten education, special needs education, and English education.

As a leading voice in the industry, Ms. Shepard maintains affiliation with several organizations, including the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, where she has served as an international conference program chairperson since 2016. In addition, she was the president of the organization from 2014 to 2016, as well as treasurer of the Texas Association for Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TAER) from 2000 to 2016. She is a former member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.

In recognition of her exceptional accomplishments, Ms. Shepard was honored with the Outstanding Member Award by TAER in 2007. In addition, she has been selected for inclusion into several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women since 2005. She considers the highlight of her career to have been traveling to Egypt, Israel, and Turkey to help the visually impaired with People to People International, as well as other children with special needs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and cross stitching.

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