Our Staff

Learning is our passion; students are our priority.


Dr. Tilisa Thibodeaux, Dean

Tilisa Thibodeaux is the dean of the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities and the Reaud Honors College, and joined Lamar University in 2015. Thibodeaux obtained a B.S. in Elementary Education, an M.Ed. in Special Education and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education & Educational Leadership. She spent more than 11 years in the public education system in both Florida and Texas, serving as an elementary education teacher, district interventionist, academic coach and a digital learning coach. Thibodeaux helps educators, administrators and corporations use technology innovation as a catalyst for change within their organizations by creating and supporting significant learning environments that give learners choice, ownership and voice through authentic learning opportunities. Thibodeaux is the co-developer of the CSLE+COVA Professional Learning Framework, the Learner's Mindset YouTube videocasts and community of practice, serves as chair of the state scholarship committee for the Texas Distance Learning Association and serves on five different peer-reviewed journal review boards. Since 2015, Thibodeaux has conducted more than 80 professional learning experiences with educators all over the world that include academic workshops, faculty retreats, keynotes and presentations. She has written nearly 30 published works including journal articles, book chapters, a book and informal publications around ePortfolios and the CSLE+COVA PL framework.



Tracie Craig, Texas Academy Associate Director



Margo Hymer, Texas Academy Academic Counselor




Ariel Burgess, Texas Academy Coordinator and Student Success Coach


 Ariel Burgess joined Lamar University in 2017 and transitioned to her role in the Texas Academy in May 2022. Burgess manages student services for the academy which includes event planning, assists with web design and social media content, and day to day operations. She also plans various workshops for students to attend along with overseeing the Peer Mentor Program, and GoRed Club.


Kim Vizena, Department Business Manager

Kim Vizena is the mainstay for both the Reaud Honors College and Texas Academy, and joined Lamar University in 2006. Vizena maintains the financial records, scholarship funds, event management, property management, student records and overall operations.



Texas Academy Contact Information

Email: texas.academy@lamar.edu

Phone: 409-839-2995