Congratulations to Fowler Middle School teacher and instructional coach Patience LeBlanc who has been selected as the 2020 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award.
This prestigious award, presented annually by Humanities Texas, recognizes exemplary contributions to humanities teachers in Texas elementary, middle and high schools.
LeBlanc has been with the District for 18 years and is finishing her 21st year in education. She has taught at Staley, Vandeventer and Fowler middle schools and Liberty High School.
“I love helping students make connections to the real world,” LeBlanc said. “My goal is to make them good citizens and we have a lot of fun along the way!”
Whether dressing in period costume, guiding students to read primary documents by “candlelight” or leading students as a “We the People” coach, LeBlanc does her best to make sure students leave her class enjoying history.
“LeBlanc’s creativity and innovation in the classroom motivates students to excel and strive to overcome their educational challenges and reach greater heights,” said Donnie Wiseman, Fowler Middle School principal. “She is an inspiring leader and instructional coach among our faculty, and she is most deserving of this prestigious award.”
During her freetime, she is a consultant with the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education where she works with teachers, hosts professional development sessions and writes curriculum for government, history and law. She also mentors teachers at institutes and facilitates as a forum moderator through the Center for Civic Education.
“I don’t sit still very well and I love working with teachers from around the country and impacting the education of students nationwide,” LeBlanc said. “As educators, we’re all in this together and I just want to share everything I have learned and make the biggest impact I can.”
LeBlanc was nominated for the award by Texas Representative Matt Shaheen of District 66. Representative Shaheen and US Congressman Van Taylor also presented her with the Gilder Lehrman Texas History Teacher of the Year in 2017.
LeBlanc has numerous awards to her name including the 2013 American Bar Association Teacher of the Year Award, the 2011 Texas Lawyers Auxiliary Teacher of the Year Award and the 2010 James Madison Foundation Fellowship Winner.\
She also recently had the opportunity to present a webinar for Gilder Lehrman and the History Channel to premiere the documentary Ulysses S. Grant.
LeBlanc credits her success to those that she has had the opportunity to learn from.
“I am thankful for the leaders I have worked with who have made me into the teacher and facilitator I am today,” LeBlanc said. “As principal of Liberty High School, Dr. Waldrip challenged me to change my ways of thinking and engaging in the classroom. He was ahead of his time, and I am thankful for his continued leadership.”
LeBlanc has accepted a position at Frisco High School for the 2020-21 school year as the English Language Arts and Social Studies instructional coach.