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Contact Information

  • Address: School of Education Alexandria Hall, Room 334
    PINEVILLE LA 71359
  • Email: cathy.eschete@lacollege.edu
  • Phone Number: 318.487.7111

Education

  • Ph.D, Curriculum & Instruction; Special Education, Louisiana State University
  • M.A., Special Education, California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
  • B.A., Elementary Education & Special Education, Louisiana College

Academic Programs

  • BA Elementary Education

Director of Field Experience, School of Education

Assistant Professor, School of Education

Biography

Dr. Cathy Eschete has over 15 years of experience working in the field of education. Following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana College in Elementary and Special Education, Dr. Eschete served as a resource and inclusion middle school teacher. Upon relocating to California, she served as a Clinical Supervisor providing early intervention services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as providing consultation services to area school districts seeking to improve their special education programs.

She received a Master’s degree from California State University Stanislaus in Special Education and most recently received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Special Education from Louisiana State University. During her PhD program, she served as a graduate assistant and taught numerous special education courses at Louisiana State University. Dr. Eschete has presented at numerous professional conferences on topics, such as behavior management and  instructional strategies to increase engagement. Dr. Eschete is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of Field Experience in the School of Education at Louisiana College.

Growing up in a family of educators, she has always had a desire to work in the field of education. She and her husband, Dylan Eschete, have three daughters, Isabella, Presley Kate, and Kennedy. Dr. Eschete enjoys LSU football, spending time with family and friends, shopping, and relaxing on a beach! She attends The Gathering Place Church Wardville where she directs the Elementary Children’s Program.

She is so excited to be back at her alma mater and helping to prepare future teachers to be outstanding educators!

Courses Taught

  • ED 190 Survey of Educational Foundations 3 hrs.
  • ED 198 Exceptional Child 3 hrs.
  • ED 425 Elementary Student Teaching 9 hrs.
  • ED 445 Secondary Student Teaching 9 hrs.
  • ED 465 Elementary/Secondary K-12 Student Teaching 9 hrs.
  • ED 503 Advanced Topics in Education 3 hrs.
  • ED 570 Professional Teacher: Special Education 3hrs.
  • ED 573 Practitioner Teacher Internship 3 hrs.
  • ED 579 Methods of Instruction.  3 hrs.

Conference Presentations

  • Eschete, C., Mix, M., and Rae, C., Teaching Children with Autism to Self Monitor Through the Use of a Behavior Contract, California Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Western Regional Conference on Behavior Analysis, Garden Grove, CA USA, February 22, 2008.
  • Eschete, C., Lastrapes, R, Rice, D. and Turner, L., Elements of Effective Instruction and the Common Core, Louisiana CEC Super Conference, Lafayette, LA, January 28, 2013.
  • Lastrapes, R and Eschete, C., Utilizing Games in the Classroom to Improve Behavior and Academics, Louisiana CEC Super Conference, Lafayette, LA, January, 2015.

Research Interests

  • Effectiveness of co-teaching in the inclusion classroom
  • Developing and fostering collaboration between special educators and general educators
  • Barriers experienced by ethnic/racial minorities, particularly those of lower socio economic status, the impact of these barriers on education, and the development of effective school improvement strategies to remove those barriers
  • Student Engagement
  • Evidence-based behavior management approaches to proactively address behavior issues and support academic achievement