Michele Riddle

M.Ed. in Educational Technology Leadership

First class start date: April 2016

Anticipated Graduation date: October 2016

Secondary English Curriculum Instructional Coach, Lovejoy ISD

When I was younger, every problem and opportunity seemed so urgent, needing immediate attention. And then at some point in my early 30s, I lost that sense of urgency. I found myself regularly thinking, “This can wait until next year” or “I’ll do that when my kids are older.” I even thought to myself, “Maybe I’ll go back and get my master’s degree after my kids graduate from college.” I have never thought of myself as a procrastinator, but in my own way, I procrastinated going back to college. Now 43 and married with two kids — a college sophomore and a high school senior — I have finally stopped putting off pursuing a graduate degree. Maybe it’s not perfect timing since next fall there will be three of our four family members in college, but I feel like this is my season.

This school year has already started out to be one of many changes. After 15 years of teaching, I left the classroom and joined the administration team in our district’s curriculum and instruction department as our Secondary ELA Instructional Specialist. On top of graduate work, I am now learning a new job. Then at the end of the school year, I will deal with yet another life change, becoming an empty nester. This is certainly my season of change, but I am making it through with hard work, using Google calendar to schedule EVERYTHING, and a lot of coffee.

Recent Entries


October 2, 2017

Last week, I updated my Facebook page: “D.O.N.E. Done!” I am officially finished with my graduate program at Lamar University. I completed my final five-week course, and I now must patiently wait for graduation in December.

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Proud to be a Cardinal

September 1, 2017

As are many Texans, Lamar students are having to deal with the horrific effects of Hurricane Harvey. Lamar University wasted no time in accommodating their students, faculty, and other employees after the storm.

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TExES Principal Certification test

July 29, 2017

I am a member of the Educational Technology Master of Education program at Lamar, and an essential component of this program consists of preparing us for the TExES Principal Certification test through the Texas State Board of Education.

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Face-to-Face Is Not the Only Way

July 1, 2017

Face-to-face is not the only way for students to learn. I believe this is true because I am actively participating in learning through the Lamar graduate program without ever having stepped foot on a traditional school campus.

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A Better Educator Because of It

May 30, 2017

At this time a year ago, I was finishing up my first online class in the Lamar graduate program. I have since completed nine of my require 12 classes, and I will say that the first and second classes were by far the hardest and most time-intensive of all the classes I have taken.

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Open Up New Possibilities

April 25, 2017

I only have three classes left to complete my degree. It seems like yesterday when I began my first class in the Lamar M.Ed. program. When I started, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

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It's Serendipity!

March 31, 2017

Dr. Tilisa Thibodeaux was the professor of Concepts of Educational Technology, one of the classes I have taken through Lamar’s Education Technology M.Ed. program.

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Human Interaction in Online Classes?

February 22, 2017

I screwed up. I am typically an over-the-top, Type A personality.

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The Four Cs

January 26, 2017

The “Four Cs” is a buzzword in education and the business world today.

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The Role of Technology

December 31, 2016, 2016

Recently, I watched a video where Simon Sinek explained problems with millennials, and the reasons for these perceived problems

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What Are Online Courses at Lamar Really Like?

December 6, 2016, 2016

Online platforms have made higher education more accessible to students of all economic backgrounds as well as various age demographics.

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Could a Digital Calendar Be the Key to Your Success?

October 31, 2016

My coworker recently lost her agenda planner, and she was lost without it.

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To Every Thing There Is a Season

September 30, 2016

When I was younger, every problem and opportunity seemed so urgent, needing immediate attention…

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This blogger is paid by Lamar University solely for submitting this blog and is in no way coerced to provide specific blog points or opinions.

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