Katy Walter Lichon, Ph.D.
Director, Catholic School Advantage; Director, English as a New Language; Faculty, ACE Teaching Fellows
Katy Walter Lichon serves as the Director for the English as a New Language (ENL) Program, the Director of the Catholic School Advantage (CSA), and is a faculty member with ACE Teaching Fellows. Lichon is an educational linguist who focuses on the education of K-12 multilingual learners in Catholic schools and teacher education.
Lichon received her B.B.A. in marketing and management from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, and her Ph.D. in Educational Philosophy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Lichon has taught in Atlanta, Chicago, and Santiago, Chile. She is passionate about linguistics, language acquisition, bilingual education, the role of maternal speech, and ensuring that culturally and linguistically diverse students thrive in our Catholic schools. Lichon has also helped to begin the two-way immersion program at Holy Cross School in South Bend, IN, that is now in its fourth year.
She believes that educators are pivotal in forming a school environment where ELs and their families are honored as assets in the school community. She resides in South Bend, Indiana with her husband and two children.