Mrs. Catherine DeShaw

Phone: 469.752.6483


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in English, Texas A&M University English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 ESL Certified

Mrs. Catherine DeShaw

Hello!  I am entering my twelth year of teaching and am happy to be teaching AVID 7, AVID 8, ELA 6, and English 8 this year.  I taught my first three years in Clear Creek ISD in Houston area, and this is my ninth year in Plano ISD and at Schimelpfenig Middle School.  I am also the AVID Coordinator, a core team member of our grit committe, and a member of the Schools to Watch committee.  I love our school and I love middle school students!  I feel that I am able to bring out the best in each of my students!

I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in education.  I speak some spanish and love any opportunity to practice the language and keep up my skills.  My husband and I live in Dallas and he is is an Optometrist in Garland.  My favorite activities are gardening, organization and house projects, fitness, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family.  

  • Teaching Schedule:


    1st period: AVID 8 (G212)

    2nd period: AVID 8 (G212)

    3rd period: AVID 7 (G212)

    4th period: English 8 (G212)

    5th period: Conference Period

    6th period: ELA 6 Block (D121)

    7th period: ELA 6 Block (D121)

  • Tutorial Schedule:


    All of my students (AVID, English 8, ELA 6) are welcome anytime in the morning or after school when I am available.  


    Since I teach multiple subjects, I prefer students let me know ahead of time when they plan to come early or stay late so that I can make sure to have materials ready, etc., but they are all welcome to just show up anytime as needed.  

    I'm here to help them.  :) 


    I have 2 classrooms this year; I teach 1st-4th upstairs in G212 and 6th-7th periods downstairs in D121.  I will be upstairs in G212 for all morning tutorial sessions because that is where I start my day and my main room.  After school, I may be in D121 or G212, depending.


    Available mornings: 8:00-8:20 in G212

    Available afternoons: 3:30-4:00 in D121 or G212