Dr. Mike Waldrip joined the Coppell Independent School District in August of 2014 and after only one year, is already making a difference for Coppell schools. A highly visible and visionary leader, Dr. Waldrip believes in using data to help drive decision-making. His strong suits also include exceptional research and analytical skills with a keen eye for interpreting data to make well-informed decisions. He is noted for his integrity and ability to create a climate of transparency and trust. Fostering two-way communications and relationship-building are also listed among his strengths.
Dr. Waldrip’s educational philosophy includes his belief that, “…teaching and learning should be designed to stimulate a love of inquiry and discovery, and that guiding students to elicit their own learning is essential in preparing them to be independent and not passive recipients of information.”
Prior to coming to Coppell ISD, Dr. Waldrip served the children of the Frisco ISD in a variety of roles, including Deputy Superintendent. A 1982 graduate of Texas Tech University, Dr. Waldrip earned his undergraduate degree in Biology and Physical Education and taught and coached for the first 16 years of his career beginning in Victoria, Texas. He also holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration (Sul Ross University) as well as a Doctoral degree from the University of North Texas (also in Educational Administration).
Believing in the importance of modeling leadership to his team and colleagues in the education profession, Dr. Waldrip continues to be active in professional organizations. He has served on a variety of committees, sub-committees, and boards at the local, regional, and state level including the North Texas Regional Consortium (NTRC), the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium (THPSC), the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), and the Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (TASCD).
Dr. Waldrip and his wife Lisa currently reside in Coppell, and they have two grown sons, John and James.