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Peter LeBlanc named one of Canada’s 40 outstanding principals

January 28, 2015   ·   0 Comments

Not only is he tech-savvy and data-driven, he can name every one of the 340 students at his school.  Formerly principal of two Orangeville-area schools, Peter LeBlanc of Erin Public School has been named one of Canada’s 40 Outstanding Principals for 2015.

The honour is given by The Learning Partnership (TLP) to principals from across the country “who demonstrate innovation, have an entrepreneurial spirit and are creative at finding solutions and opportunities,” TLP said in a news release Tuesday.

“Peter is data-driven and focuses on the needs of each student,” TLP said in a biography posted on their website. “He builds strong bonds with parents and collaborative partnerships, including students writing for the local newspaper and working with local store owners on a water conservation initiative.”

“His passion for building global citizenship skills results in highly-engaged students who learn real-life lessons, gain social justice, and compassion for others. Through Peter’s leadership, students are happily engaged and thriving in every way.”

He was chosen by a two-tier process, first by the Ontario Principals’ Council, then a national panel of distinguished Canadian education, community and private sector leaders.  Nominated by a teacher in his school, he was judged on evidence of his innovative leadership, evidence of partnerships with staff, parents and community, and examples of successful change resulting in improvement of student achievement, as well as corresponding letters of support.

Mr. LeBlanc’s colleagues around the Upper Grand District School Board echoed his praises on social media and email.

“Humbled and thrilled” said LeBlanc of the tribute. “I feel privileged to be a school principal. It can be a difficult job, but it’s incredibly rewarding. Every day I’m inspired by the accomplishments of our students, and appreciative of the support of parents. I also get to work with some terrific educators.”

“A great principal is the driving force behind a great school,” says Akela Peoples, President and CEO of The Learning Partnership. “We recognize that being a principal is an extremely demanding job. Principals shoulder the responsibility of leading and managing everything that happens in their school. From effective teaching and learning to operational oversight of facilities and establishing community partnerships, their ultimate goal is to enhance student achievement and prepare them for the future.”

Mr. LeBlanc holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, his B.Ed. from the University of Windsor, and is currently studying for a Master of Educational Technology at the University of British Columbia.  He began his career as a teacher with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. In 2003 he came to Upper Grand as a teacher at Montgomery Village Public School, where he was quickly promoted to Vice-Principal. He was Principal at Mono-Amaranth Public School for five years before being appointed Principal at Erin Public School in 2012.

Erin Public School is a JK to Grade 8 regular track school, and also accommodates a Grade 7-8 French Immersion program. One of Mr. LeBlanc’s strengths as an administrator is that he’s fully bilingual.

He will receive his award at the 11th annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals gala on February 24 in Toronto. He will also benefit from an exclusive five day executive leadership training program at one of Canada’s top business schools, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The program will introduce him to leadership and management practices presented by business leaders and Rotman instructors.

         

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