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Tilisa Thibodeaux, Ed.D.

Tilisa Thibodeaux, Ed.D. — Assistant Professor

"I started teaching because of my passion for learning. You will find me reading, researching, and writing every chance I get."

Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. Instructional Technology/Distance Education — Nova Southeastern University
  • Ed.S. Educational Leadership — Nova Southeastern University
  • M.Ed. Special Education — Florida Gulf Coast University
  • B.S. Elementary Education — Valparaiso University

Career highlights:
2011 Florida Educational Data Systems Award Recipient
2011 Edward R. Melton Scholarship Award Recipient
2009 Golden Apple Teacher Award Recipient
2009 Teacher of Distinction Recognition
2009 District Instructor of the Year, Nominee
2009 Florida Gulf Coast University Scholarship Award Recipient
2009 Chamber of Commerce Teacher-of-the-Year Award Recipient
2008 Golden Apple Teacher, Finalist

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?
Educational Leadership, College of Education and Human Development

Which classes do you teach online?
EDLD 5302 Concepts of Educational Technology
EDLD 5303 Applying Educational Technology Portfolio
EDLD 5366 Digital Graphic Web Development
EDLD 5305 Disruptive Innovation in Education

Why did you start teaching?
I started teaching because of my passion for learning. You will find me reading, researching, and writing every chance I get.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?
"Set your course by the stars; not by the lights of every passing ship." -Gina Putnam

What's the best advice that you could give your students?
Explore, challenge yourself, be creative, don't hide behind limitations! Turn EVERY challenge into an opportunity to grow and explore.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?
Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change by Grenny, Patterson, Maxfield, McMillan, and Switzler

What qualities make someone particularly successful in education?
Loyalty, initiative, leadership and integrity.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that educators face today?
Learning to embrace change!

Tell us something your students may not know about you.
I was selected as 1 of 6 Golden Apple teachers in 2009 in the state of Florida of 2,300 nominations and over 5,000 teachers of all grades.

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