Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Kathleen Whitfield

I'm Kathleen Whitfield, and I'm looking forward to getting to know the Class of 2022!

I have a B.A. in English and American studies from the University of Notre Dame. 

I'm starting my third full year at Plano Senior after receiving my M.Ed. and teaching credential from Southern Methodist University in December '18. 

You know how people say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could?" Well, that's me, since I was born in Massachusetts and have lived all over the country. It also describes how I feel about teaching. It's the vocation I didn't realize I had. Before beginning at Plano, I worked for newspapers and as the editor of a parenting magazine. I got a taste of teaching when I began running small classes that prepared students to take high-stakes tests and helped them with their college admissions essays, as I was very interested in the college admissions game as a high school student.

My husband and I have five children, including a high schooler and an elementary school student. Our others (including a member of PSHS Class of 2020) have graduated.

My goal for my students is to increase their love of reading and literature and to increase the level of sophistication in which they approach literary analysis.

Some things I love: reading, baseball (I wrote my Honors thesis on baseball fiction), crazy shoes, and my husband and kids -- both my biological ones and the ones on loan to me for the year. 

My favorite writers (in no particular order) include Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers, Graham Greene, Flannery O'Connor, Natasha Trethewey, Jason Reynolds, Jorge Luis Borges, and Elizabeth Acevedo. And so many more.

This year, I am also delighted to be adviser to Hope Squad. Hope Squad is a national organization that aims to reduce youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention. 



  • Phone: 469-752-9300 Ext. 29544


    Degrees and Certifications:

    Bachelor of Arts - English and American studies, University of Notre Dame
    Master of Education - Southern Methodist University

    English Language Arts and Reading Grades 7-12

    Journalism 7-12



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  • Tutorials

    Daily from 4:15-5 p.m. Let me know you're coming. Other times are available by appointment.

    Class schedule

    1 -- conference

    2 -- English IV

    3 -- AP Literature

    4 -- English IV

    5 -- AP Literature

    6 -- English IV

    7 -- English IV