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Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools, announced Courtney LeBlanc as the next principal of A. C. Steere Elementary School.

“We are very grateful for the leadership that LeBlanc has shown toward the students, parents and staff on the campus of A.C. Steere,” Dr. Goree said. “We wish her luck as she takes on this new leadership role and have no doubt she will be successful.”

Courtney LeBlanc is no stranger to the Gators of A.C. Steere. She has served as a professional school counselor there since 2013. She is enthusiastic about keeping current relationships with families, students and staff while transitioning them into a new way of learning amid a pandemic. Although her first time as principal presents unseen challenges, LeBlanc said she feels there is no better person for the job.

“In a time where families are so uneasy about sending their children to school, I feel confident that my experience as a professional school counselor will undoubtedly be what our students need,” LeBlanc said. “I can provide the necessary support and comfort during the transitional process.”

LeBlanc’s professional career with Caddo Schools began 25 years ago as a teacher at Donnie Bickham Middle School. After five years, she moved to Creswell Elementary School to serve the social and emotional needs of students as a professional school counselor. She went on to do the same at Summerfield Elementary and eventually at A.C. Steere.

Her strengths include developing new programs where there is a need, training staff on social issues that affect students today and working with outside services to offer more support to students.

“Being principal is always something I’ve wanted to do,” she said. “I’m excited and ready to help families during this transition and bring them forward with my team.”

LeBlanc earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Louisiana State University and a masters in school counseling from Louisiana Tech University.