Lisa Riddle

Assistant Professor, Education

Professor Lisa Riddle grew up in the small rural community of Toronto, South Dakota, where she graduated from Deubrook Area High School. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she participated in music and obtained her Elementary Education bachelor's degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.

After graduation Professor Riddle moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and spent the next five years teaching first and second grade in an inner-city school. While teaching, she gained her SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) endorsement from the state of Arizona. In 2008 she was selected to be an SEI teacher for a state-wide English immersion pilot program.

Following her husband's discharge from the United States Air Force, Professor Riddle relocated back to the Midwest and began teaching in the Sioux Falls School District as an ELL (English Language Learner) teacher. She taught immigrant and refugee children English at Lowell Elementary school while obtaining her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in English as a New Language at South Dakota State University. Professor Riddle joined the education faculty at the University of Sioux Falls in the fall of 2015. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband Nathan and daughter Mollie.


  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, South Dakota State University, 2012
  • B.A., Elementary Education, Concordia College, 2004

Courses Taught

  • EDU201 - Foundations of Education
  • EDU295 - Second Language Acquisition
  • EDU251 - Human Relations
  • EDU311 - Content Literacy for EL andStruggling Readers
  • EDU320 - Literacy: Middle Level
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  • EDU233 - English Learner Foundations
  • SDV100 - The USF Experience
  • EDU315 - K-8 Social Studies Methods
  • EDU324 - Developmental & EducationalPsychology

Professional Memberships

ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Dakota TESOL


  • Effects of Trauma on Children & Adolescents
  • English as a New Language

Scholarships and Creative Work

  • Riddle, L. (2019). The Power of Stories: How to Engage Future Teachers in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practice. ASCD EDAdvantage. Retrieved from
  • Fryer Hanson, M. & Riddle, L. (2019). Shifting Roles: How Can We Prepare Teachers to Address Trauma in Classrooms?. ASCD EDAdvantage. Retrieved from
  • Riddle, L. (2019). "Opening the Door to Diversity: Helping Teachers See the Value of Mirrors and Windows in Children's Literature". STAR Institute of Education Conference, Moorhead, MN.
  • Murphy, B. & Riddle, L. (2020). "Self-Care and Burnout: What Can I Do to Reduce Compassion Fatigue in a Caring Profession?". Smart Alone, Brilliant Together Winter Symposium, Hartford, SD.
  • Kashale, T. & Riddle, L. (2012). "ELL But Not SPED: What Do I Do?". Dakota TESOL Closer Connections Conference, Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Loven, R. & Riddle, L. (2019). "Brain Architecture Game". Dakota TESOL Closer Connections Conference, Sioux Falls, SD.

Service/Volunteer Work

South Dakota Department of Education English Learner Advisory Committee
Domestic Abuse Awareness Advocate

Professor Riddle works with Children's Home Shelter for Family Safety (Sioux Falls, SD) as a domestic abuse awareness advocate.

Sunday School Teacher

Professor Riddle serves as a Sunday school teacher for children ages 3-5 at a local church in Sioux Falls, SD.

Children's Ministry

Professor Riddle assists with coordinating the Children's Ministry programming at a local church in Sioux Falls.