TOMBALL - Paul Leblanc has been named the new Principal of Oakcrest Intermediate School, announced by Tomball ISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora.
Leblanc joins Tomball ISD with over 22 years of invaluable experience in education, having served as both a campus administrator and teacher.
"I am thrilled and feel extremely blessed to be chosen to join the Tomball ISD and Oakcrest Intermediate School family,” Leblanc said. “I cannot wait to meet all the students, parents and staff where I will work to support staff in the quest for excellence in learning for all students!"
He comes directly from Conroe ISD where he served that district since 2015 in two administrative roles, most recently as Associate Principal for Administration at The Woodlands High School and prior to that, as Assistant Principal at McCullough Junior High.
Before joining Conroe ISD, he served Spring ISD as a campus administrator from 2003 to 2015 as Assistant Principal at Westfield High School (2003-06), Associate Principal at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School (2006-08), Principal at Dueitt Middle School (2008-13) and as the district’s Human Resources Director (2013-15).
Leblanc not only brings with him years of service as a campus leader but experience as a classroom teacher. He began his education career as a Special Education teacher in Conroe ISD (1998-01) before moving on to teach Special Education in Spring ISD (2001-03).
Recognized for his outstanding leadership and teaching over the years, Leblanc was recognized as the 2014 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Region IV Outstanding Middle School Principal, 2013 Spring ISD Secondary Principal of the Year, 2010 Spring ISD Secondary Principal of the Year and 1999 Caney Creek High School Outstanding Teacher.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lamar University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Sam Houston State University and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Education from Lamar University.
Oakcrest Intermediate serves students in grades 5 and 6 and has been recognized as a PLC Model School and GE Model School.
What drew you to this position in Tomball ISD?
“It has been so exciting to see the great things happening in Tomball ISD as I have many friends and acquaintances that live and work in Tomball ISD. I have been most drawn to TISD and Oakcrest Intermediate by the great vision and culture that really places emphasis on community and caring for kids and families. It is evident that the OIS teachers work hard to meet the needs of all learners, and they also maintain a great sense of fun and excitement while doing their jobs.”
What can the OIS community expect from you as their new leader?
“I am super excited and honored to be an OIS Wildcat. I believe in engagement at high levels not only in the classroom, but with students, staff, parents, and the community. As a special education teacher, I learned early on in my career that learning styles and relevancy must be considered for teaching to be effective. Having grown up in a small southeast Texas town similar to Tomball, I have an appreciation for community and family, as it is important to me that schools be a center of the community where students feel safe, cared for, and challenged as they pursue their learning interests. Music is a big part of who I am, and as a result, I like to incorporate arts into the school environment as much as possible. I like to talk to people and love to use analogies and metaphors! I maintain an open-door policy and will always make time to visit with students, parents, staff, and community members.”
What drives you to continue working in education?
“My wife and I are career education administrators, and we live and breathe school! While I have been blessed to have had many great jobs in education, I love being a campus administrator where I get to work directly with teachers and students. Working with teachers in designing high impact instruction is my passion.”
ABOUT TOMBALL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 18,000 students at 21 campuses.