Title: Retired Educator
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Emma Luster Shepard, Retired Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in secondary education.
In order to pursue teaching, Ms. Shepard attended Louisiana State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1985. She went on to earn a master’s and an Education Specialist Certification from her alma mater in the coming years, which would enable her to begin her professional endeavors. She is additionally certified in reading recovery and supervision of student teachers. In 1986, Ms. Shepard began teaching at the Caddo Parish School Board in Shreveport, Louisiana, as a kindergarten teacher. She remained with the school board for the rest of her career, though her titles changed over the years. She went on to become a recovery teacher and then a master teacher before retiring in 2012 as a reading content coach.
In light of her accomplishments, Ms. Shepard has received numerous accolades and honors. In 1995, she was named Elementary Teacher of the Year from the Caddo Association of Educators, which was followed by the Joseph Gardener Award and the Distinguished Service Award, both from PDK International. More recently, Ms. Shepard earned the Top Ladies of Distinction Award and the Louisiana Retired Teachers Outstanding Leadership Award in 2014 and 2016, respectively. In 2017, her professional pursuits were recognized again with the Principled Leadership in Education Award, which was given to her by Senator John Milkovich. As a further testament to her success, Ms. Shepard was chosen for inclusion in the 26th and 27th editions of Who’s Who of American Women.
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