Michele Lockhart-Henry
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Michele Lockhart-Henry

Michele Lockhart-Henry passed away on September 08, 2019 at the age of 56. She was a lifelong resident of Albuquerque. Michele is survived by her husband Edward Henry and her 4 beloved dogs. She was preceded in death by her parents Dick and Betty Lockhart.

Michele graduated from Valley High School in 1981 and graduated cum laude with a BA degree from UNM in 1988. After being accepted into the Masters Intern Program at UNM's College of Education, Michele received a Master of Arts in 1989. She never lost her love of learning and continued to expand her education until her death.

Since childhood, all Michele wanted to do was become a teacher and in 1988 she fulfilled her dream when she began teaching at Grant Middle School. From 1989-1993 she taught at John Adams Middle school, where she sponsored the Pantherettes Drill and Dance Team. She also worked with the Speech and Drama club. In 1993, Michele began a 25-year career at Rio Grande High School where she taught all grades in subjects including English, Humanities, Shakespeare and Speech. She also taught AP Literature. Michele also served as English Department Co-Chair for six years. In 2007, she was a Semi-Finalist for the Golden Apple Award in Education. Over her 31-year career, Michele touched thousands of students lives.

After arriving at RGHS, Michele coached the Speech and Debate Team for 22 years. She served as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the NM Speech and Debate Association. She was elected Chair of the NM District of the National Speech and Debate Association on four different occasions. Michele coached numerous State Champions in Debate, Interpretation, Forensic and Congressional Debate events, and helped qualify 30 students to the National Speech and Debate Association's National Tournament. She coached 2 Semi-Finalists in Congressional Debate at the National Tournament. The award for Outstanding Presiding Officer in Congressional Debate at the NM State Speech and Debate Tournament is named after her. Michele also served as the Section 6 representative on the National Federation of High Schools Speech Advisory Committee for three years, where she helped set speech and debate guidelines for high schools across the country. She was awarded the Degree of Double Diamond from the National Speech and Debate Association. Her impact on the NM speech and debate community will be felt for years to come.

Michele will be missed by her family, friends, colleagues and students. A memorial will be held in the coming months to celebrate Michele's life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in her name.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal from Sep. 15 to Sep. 22, 2019.
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September 21, 2019
My love to you, Ed and all of your family. Michele was a mentor for me during my years at RGHS, and she always helped with advice and encouragement when
I was struggling to coach Speech and Debate. I'm saddened to hear of her passing, but I feel blessed to be able to say that I knew her. Wishes for peace to all...and lots of love.
Christine Beverly
September 18, 2019
Very few in this world could love like you did. You were home to all the misfit kids. You will always live on in my heart. Ed, I offer my deepest condolences to you and your family
Linda Castillo
September 17, 2019
Our association with your family go back a long way.
Your grandparents, Joe and Mimi, your Dad Bob and you.
The legacy of your whole family has been of public service and helping those in need. You and Michele have carried on that legacy. Michele will be greatly missed.
An old friend, Frances Haussamen
September 17, 2019
Very saddened by the loss of Mrs.Lockhart. She was a major component of my achievements academically and most importantly, teaching me the true value of life as we know it. You will be missed. My condolences to you End and your family.
Sergio Morales
September 15, 2019
You impacted my life so much during a time that I needed a strong mentor. Thank you for all the sacrifices you made as a coach and opening up your class and heart to those who needed it most. Ed my heart goes out to you and to all of your family.
Lawrence Cardenas
September 15, 2019
Michelle was a huge influence to my sons in Speech and Debate, English, Literature, in fact they took every class she taught. Ed please accept my sincere sympathy.
Leanne Maldonado
September 15, 2019
So sorry. Her father was our accountant for many years. It was a beautiful family.
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