Brief Biographical Sketch
Michael Paul Shamblin
Michael Paul Shamblin, a United States Air Force brat, received his elementary and secondary education in Columbus, Ohio; Plattsburg, New York; and Tioga, Louisiana. Most of the educators he encountered during those formative years taught him to love school and fostered in his heart a desire for a lifetime of learning. As a result, Dr. Shamblin completed his undergraduate work at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science and Social Studies Education in 1977. In 1991, he earned a Master of Education degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, with an emphasis in educational administration and supervision. Dr. Shamblin completed the requirements for the Doctor of Education degree at the University of Southern Mississippi with an emphasis in higher education in August, 1998.
During a 40-year career as a professional educator, Dr. Shamblin has taught courses in biology, Bible, reproductive education, health, physical science, earth science, general science, Louisiana history, general education, adolescent psychology, secondary curriculum/instruction, and assessment of instruction. He has taught those courses at Crescent City Baptist High School, Georgetown High School, Tioga High School, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Christus Cabrini Hospital, Louisiana College, and now Hackberry High School. He has also coached softball, baseball, girls’ and boys’ basketball, and football. From 1994 to 1998, Dr. Shamblin served as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Tioga High School. He served as acting Principal of Tioga High for the 1995-1996 school year. Dr. Shamblin was appointed principal of Tioga High School on June 29, 1998, the fulfillment of a longtime dream. He was principal of Aiken Optional School in Alexandria, Louisiana from 2003 to 2005, and after serving one year as Chair of the Division of Education, he was appointed the Director of Alternative Certification at Louisiana College in 2006. Dr. Shamblin helped to develop that program from a post-baccalaureate certification-only program into Louisiana College’s first graduate degree program offering a Master of Arts in Teaching degree along with certification. Under his leadership the program grew from an enrollment of 50 students to over 500. During the years from 2010 to 2013 Dr. Shamblin served Louisiana College part-time as an Assistant Professor of Education and an educational consultant to the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Chair of the Division of Education. From 2013-2015 Dr. Shamblin again served Louisiana College full-time as the Director of Constituent Relations, Associate Professor of Education, and Associate Vice-President for Student Life.
Dr. Shamblin is happily married to Dr. Renee Witherwax Shamblin, an associate professor of Nursing at McNeese State University. Together they have two beautiful daughters, Michelle Renee Shamblin Stratton, who lives with her husband Brandon in Houston, Texas, and Jessica Ruth Shamblin Ramer, who lives with her husband Douglas in Dry Prong, Louisiana. Michelle and Brandon have blessed our lives with two of the most intelligent and beautiful granddaughters in the world, Elise Noelle Stratton (2.5 years old) and Nora Naomi Stratton (1year old). Our daughter Jessica and Doug have gifted us with another most intelligent and beautiful granddaughter, Katheryn Jane Ramer. The Shamblin family resides in Lake Charles with their border collies, Belle and Lady Bug. Their Tennessee Walking horses, Jingles, Tucker and Quick live on acreage between Iowa and Woodlawn that we fondly call Shamrock Acres South where they are gently cared for by Renee’s father, Mr. Burton Ellis Witherwax!