Phone: 469-752-3157


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Dolores Kotara

Fifth Grade Co-Team Leader


Shepard is my home away from home! Teaching is my happy place!  

Teaching math is a passion. My hobbies include reading, cooking, shopping, and decorating my home.

I am a life-long learner, so that means, in addition to having my masters and several certifications. I like to learn as much as I can about the latest in education. 

My husband and I enjoy traveling and the theater. We enjoy beach vacations mostly, but we're thinking about planning a winter scenery vacation soon.

Once Covid is done, we also want to continue to travel abroad.

The holidays are a great time of year. I enjoy hosting and building family memories. 

  • Mrs. Kotara's Class Schedule

    7:00 am - 7:30 am Early Morning Drop-Off. During this time, students will be either in the gym or in the cafeteria for breakfast until the 7:30 am bell rings.

    7:30 am - 7:40 am Greet Students

    7:40 am - 7:45 am  Announcements

    7:45 am - 8:00 am  Daily Meeting

    8:00 am - 8:50 am Specials

    8:50 am - 10:15 am Math

    10:15 am - 10:45 am  I/E

    10:45 am - 11:30 am Science/SS

    11:30 - 12:00 pm Recess

    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Lunch

    12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Science/S.S.

    1:15 pm - 2:45 pm Reading/ELA

    2:45 pm - 2:50 pm Dismissal



    Monday 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm



    Tuesday 10:25 am - 11:25 am

    Thursday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Friday 8:55 am - 9:55 am


    Thursdays 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

  • Contact Information

    You may contact me on my classroom phone or email at any time and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience.

    My conference time is 8:00 am - 8:55 am

  • Fifth Grade Information

    Please see our Fifth Grade Department page for more Fifth Grade information.

    Shepard Fifth Grade Team Page

  • Special Announcements for Mrs. Kotara's Class

    General Announcements

    • For breakfast, kids who come in at 7:35 or later are sent to class with their trays to finish in the classroom. Anyone who comes in before that eats in the cafeteria and leaves at 7:40 to go to class. Those kids are not allowed to leave with breakfast items. Breakfast opens at 7:00. If your student plans on eating breakfast at school, please allow them enough time to get their breakfast and eat it in order to be in class on time at 7:40 ready to learn.

    October 2022

    October 1 - 6: Fall Book Fair Click for More

    October 4: Shepard Spirit Night @ McAlister’s Deli Click for More

    October 6: Art Night Click for More

    October 10 - 11: Student/Teacher Holiday

    October 11: Student Holiday/ Patent-Teacher Conferences

    October 14:  Pride Rally Click for Schedule

    October 14: Red Ribbon Assembly Click for More

    October 24 - 28: Red Ribbon Week Click for More

    November 2022

    November 4: Shepard Fall Party and Color Run Click for More

    November 10: 3rd Grade Musical Click for More

    November 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Break

    November 30 - December 2: 5th Grade Camp Click for More

    December 2022

    November 30 - December 2: 5th Grade Camp Click for More

    December 1 - December 2:  1st & 3rd Grade Hearing & Vision Screening 

    December 8: Shepard Bedtime Story Night Click for More

    December 12: Shepard 4th & 5th Grade Winter Choir Concert Click for More

    December 15: Winter Parties Click for More

    December 16: Pride Rally Click for Schedule

    December 16: Shepard Holiday Sing Along Click for More

    December 17 - January 3: Winter Break - We will see everyone back on January 4th!

  • Favorites

    Favorite Snacks

    • Skinny Popcorn

    Favorite School Drinks

    • Sugar-Free Rootbeer

    Best Gift Card for $5

    • Starbucks

    Best Gift Card for More Than $5

    • Amazon

    Bonus School Supplies

    • Self Adhesive Chart paper
    • Gel pens


    • Baking
    • Reading

    T-Shirt Size

    • 2 X Large

    Favorite Color

    • Pink

    Favorite Scents

    • Woodsy

    Birthday (Month and Day)

    • March 10