Marla Sheppard joined KCPS in 2017 as the Deputy Superintendent. Before coming to Kansas City, she was an Assistant Superintendent in Fort Bend ISD, where she was responsible for 16 schools (elementary, middle and high). After receiving her bachelor's degree in biomedical science from Texas A & M University, she began her career in the Houston Independent School District as a math and science teacher at the middle and high school levels. She joined the HISD Secondary Principalship Cohort in 2002. After completing her principal internship at Holland Middle School, she landed a job as Dean of Students at Paul Revere Middle School. In January 2006, she was appointed as principal at Lamar Fleming Middle School in the 5th Ward. During her tenure there, the school became a TEA "Recognized" school; she was named Wheatley Feeder Pattern Secondary Principal of the Year and the HISD Secondary Principal of the Year in 2011. In June 2011, she was appointed as the first female principal at the historic Jack Yates High School. Yates went from being an “Academically Unacceptable” campus to, two years later, becoming a TEA "Met Standard" school with an academic distinction in mathematics. Dr.Sheppard has a true passion for students and creating equity for all. As a native Houstonian and product of Houston ISD's Booker T. Washington High School, she understands the importance of education and its role in creating opportunities for individuals. She received her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Houston.