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Dr. T.D. Rideaux

Dr. T.D. Rideaux

Assistant Professor

"Candidates will learn how school budget and allocations work. Candidates will learn about how qualitative and quantitative research is conducted. They will also learn strategies and theories around instructional supervision. These courses and a couple others will lead up to the principal internship courses."


Degrees Held:

  • M.A. – University of New Orleans, 2020 (in progress)
  • Ed.D. – Sam Houston State University, 2011
  • M.A. – Sam Houston State University, 2004
  • B.A. – Central Michigan University, 1998

Career Highlights:

  • Chase Endowed Professor in Teacher Education ULM, 2018
  • Northeast Houston Region Turnaround Principal, 2013-2017
  • Authored grant to expand college prep charter, 2013
  • Detroit Rising Star in Urban Education, 2012
  • Founded YES, Prep Brays Oaks (6-12 College Prep Campus), 2009
  • School Turnaround Award, Houston Gateway Academy, 2006
  • Community Activity Award, 2006
  • New Teacher of the Year, 2000

Dr. Pugh received her Ed.D. from Mississippi State University in 1980 in Curriculum and Instruction with cognates in science education and educational leadership. She has been at the University of Monroe since 1984 and has been teaching since 1974 on K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels. During these years, Dr. Pugh has published 131 research papers and articles in international, national, regional, state and local journals. She has also delivered over 333 research papers, presentations, workshops and speeches to international, national, regional, state and local conventions and associations. She is the elementary education program coordinator.

In which online programs do you teach?

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Which classes do you teach online?

  • EDLE 5000: Teacher Leader I: Educational Research
  • EDLE 5005: Teacher Leader II: Improving School Performance
  • EDLE 5021: Instructional Supervision
  • EDLE 5045: Managing School and District Resources
  • EDLE 5055: Leadership Internship I
  • EDLE 5060: Leadership Internship II

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

Candidates will learn how school budget and allocations work. Candidates will learn about how qualitative and quantitative research is conducted. They will also learn strategies and theories around instructional supervision. These courses and a couple others will lead up to the principal internship courses.

After successful completion of educational leadership courses, and the internship course, candidates will be expected to successfully pass the state exam for certification in their state. All courses along with the guidance from their university professor will aid in their success on this exam.

What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

You will gain a wealth of information in a comfortable setting where you can adjust your life and time for studying.

Why did you start teaching?

I was called to start teaching high school first because of the unique skills I possessed to reach and address the youth in inner city Houston. I became a principal for the same reason. Being bilingual and a no-nonsense leader has helped me turnaround several schools and alter the mindsets of many communities. I continue to teach, now at the university because of my strong desire to continue developing systems of people with the same turnaround and advance mindsets of growth and change for our schools both academically and culturally.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in education?

Patience. Passion. Perseverance. Consistency. Flexibility. Social and emotional training for student and staff support.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that teachers face today?

Lack of funding for the absolute needs of effective education in all schools across America.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

'Growth Mindset' by Dr. Carol Dweck

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

I've visited 25 different countries and am fluent or proficient in five different languages.

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