Fort Bend ISD Board names new executive leaders 

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved several executive leadership positions on July 23 at a called board meeting.

Dr. Christi Whitbeck was named Deputy Superintendent of Fort Bend ISD.  Dr. Whitbeck is an experienced educational leader with a career that spans more than 27 years in public education.  Most recently, she was the Assistant Superintendent of Academics in Alvin ISD, where she was responsible for the leadership and supervision of curriculum and instruction, technology, federal programs, special education, fine arts, assessment/accountability and administrative policy.  Prior to that, she spent the majority of her career in Katy ISD and had the honor of being principal and opening three schools – Seven Lakes High School, Cinco Ranch Junior High and Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School.  She was also principal of Diane Winborn Elementary and assistant principal of Cimarron Elementary in Katy ISD. She began her career as a Language Arts specialist in Alief ISD.

“Dr. Christi Whitbeck is an exceptional instructional leader, and we are fortunate to have her join our Fort Bend ISD team as Deputy Superintendent,” said Charles E. Dupre, Superintendent of Schools.

Mark Foust was named as an Assistant Superintendent in Fort Bend ISD.  Mr. Foust began his educational career of more than 17 years as an English Teacher and Coach at Kempner High School. Most recently, he was principal of Dulles High School for six years.  Prior to that, he was a successful Associate Principal at Travis High School and an Assistant Principal at Dulles High School.

He was the FBISD Secondary Principal of the Year for Region 4 Educational Service Center in 2010, and a Finalist for FBISD Secondary Principal of the Year for Region 4 in 2013.  He established the FBISD Math and Science Academy at Dulles High School in 2009.  Under his leadership, Dulles was named a TEA Recognized Campus, and Dulles students and staff won numerous state and national awards.

Mr. Foust earned his Master of Education degree in Education Administration at the University of Houston-Victoria and his Bachelor of Arts degree in History at Texas A&M University.  He expects to complete his Doctorate in Education Leadership at the University of Houston in December 2014.  He completed the Region 4 Superintendent Certification Program in June 2012.

Mr. Foust and his wife Shannon, have two daughters (12 and 9 years old).

Dr. Xochitl Rodriguez was named as an Assistant Superintendent in Fort Bend ISD.  Dr. Rodriguez has served in public education for 16 years, most recently as a High School Improvement Officer for Houston ISD.  In her experience as a principal, she led successful turnaround efforts at both the elementary and middle school levels.  With her appointment as principal of Lee High School, she continued the work to “turnaround the campus,” making significant gains in one year.

Under her leadership, she successfully helped positively change the culture at Lee High School, and the campus attained a TEA rating of acceptable for numerous years.  She has served as a principal mentor and a curriculum leader.
Dr. Rodriguez received her Doctorate Degree in Education in Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin and earned her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Houston. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Texas Tech University.

Marla McNeal-Sheppard was named as an Assistant Superintendent in Fort Bend ISD.  She is a dedicated secondary school principal with a proven track record of success and experienced at leading schools with high populations of “at-risk” students.  Most recently she was the principal of Yates High School in Houston ISD for seven years.

Under her leadership, Yates High School had academic gains in every subject area, with the significant increases just after one year. Math scores alone were up 22 percent, and Yates met Adequately Yearly Progress (AYP) for the very first time.  She led Fleming Middle School from being a failing school to a Texas Education Agency “Recognized” school in four academic years, and never missed AYP.  She began her career of more than 18 years as a math and science teacher in middle and high school, and received the TEA Gold Star for Algebra I results as a teacher.
McNeal-Sheppard was named the HISD Secondary Principal of the year in 2010 and the Wheatley Feeder Pattern Secondary Principal of the Year in 2007 and 2009.  She participated in the Houston A8 Leadership Academy.

She received her Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from the University of Houston and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education in Educational Administration at the University of Houston.

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