Chelsea LeBlanc Speaks on her LSU Experience

I am collaborative. Chelsea LeBlanc, Masters of Arts in TeachingChelsea LeBlanc, a native of LaPlace, Louisiana, is a current middle school ELA teacher at Holy Family School. She completed her Bachelor’s in English Literature in December of 2016 and her Mater of Arts in Teaching with an English concentration in May 2018. She also graduated with the Distinguished Communicator Certification.

My LSU Experience

LeBlanc does not know what drew her to LSU. She says that both of her parents graduated from the university, and there wasn’t any pressure to attend, she just always knew she would end up being a Tiger. During her time at LSU, LeBlanc took advantage of every opportunity that the university had to offer. One of her best experiences was LSU in Paris.

“Studying in the city my most favorite authors lived and worked in for a month was any English nerd’s dream come true.”

She says if she could relive any part in her life, it would be that month in Paris. She describes the workload as being intense, but exploring the city was worth it.

Another opportunity she took advantage of was internship opportunities on campus. During her undergraduate degree, she interned as a writer for TEDxLSU. She had never worked with a team for a major event in the community before. She describes this time as collaborative, but the experience involved much more than just working together.

“The word [collaborative] didn’t have meaning for me until interning here, and I use a lot of the skills I learned through that job in my teaching job today.”

During her Master’s program, she was completing a part of the curriculum to create an action-research project in the school she was student teaching in. When she started, she didn’t have a plan, she just knew she had a passion for developing students writing. After reflecting on her high school experience in English, she thought about what could have been improved. She immediately thought of peer review. She says that students are always thrown in and expected to become instant editors without instruction. So she began writing lesson plans about instruction before peer review so students could be more confident in their skills.

“When conducting my lit review, I noticed that my ideas for writing instruction weren’t as common as I thought they would be. Having my article published in English Leadership Quarterly has made me feel like I made a small mark in transforming what writing instruction looks like. “

The Impact of LSU Faculty

A faculty member that stands out to LeBlanc is Dr. Sarah Liggett, former director of Communication Across the Curriculum. She says that Dr. Liggett played the biggest role in shaping her into the educator that she is today. LeBlanc first met her while taking an English class, which led to her getting a job in the writing center, which also led her to studying abroad.

“She always pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I’m very thankful for her guidance during my undergrad.”

Dr. Chris Barrett, in the English department, was also a favorite faculty member of LeBlanc’s. She says she will never forget her standing on a desk in the classroom singing “Midnight Train to Georgia,” while using a water bottle for a microphone. LeBlanc says Barrett is everything she aspires to be as a teacher.

About SOE

The LSU School of Education (SOE) offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Research, and Counseling, including two completely online master’s programs. SOE offers a range of professional and academic degree programs that focus on preparing students for careers in education, research, policy formation and implementation, as well as program oversight. The School’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. SOE is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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