Klein ISD Education Foundation Honors
Distinguished Scholars and Educators
Dr. Robert LeBlanc receives 2012 Donald R. Collins Educator Award
April 24, 2012— The Klein ISD Education Foundation hosted its annual Academic Banquet honoring distinguished scholars and educators from the Class of 2012, which included the top 10 from each high school. The Foundation also recognized Dr. Robert LeBlanc as the recipient of the 2012 Donald R. Collins Distinguished Klein Educator Award.
At St. Thomas he has served in such capacities as an assistant professor and director of educational administration, associate professor and dean of the School of Education. Despite his extensive list of accomplishments, LeBlanc attributes the mentors and colleagues he had in the Klein ISD, like Dr. Collins, for nourishing his desire to become a distinguished educator.
“Dr. Collins taught so many of us about what it truly means to be kind, caring, student-focused, and become as good a leader as we possibly could,” said LeBlanc. “In the 10 years that I have been working in higher education, it is nice to know the impact I had and to be recognized by my peers and friends in Klein is truly humbling.”
LeBlanc received his bachelor’s degree in education from St. Thomas in 1969, and then proceeded to earn his master’s and doctorate degrees in education from the University of Houston. He has served as a member of several committees and boards during his tenure, and has also given numerous presentations at the local and national levels. Additionally, LeBlanc has been featured as an author or contributing writer in nearly 19 publications during his career.
To be nominated for the Distinguished Klein Educator Award, individuals meet the following criteria: (1) must be retired with service to the KISD as a teacher and/or administrator for a sustained period of time. (Minimum of 10 years or more); (2) substantial, significant and sustained excellence and commitment to quality in teaching; (3) leadership in education as evident by examples such as original scholarly works, presentations, development and implementation of innovative curriculums or teaching methodologies and techniques, management of educational programs, etc.; (4) has inspired and made lasting impressions on students, fellow educators and the community; (5) has distinct personal characteristics that set him/her apart.
Established in 2000, the Klein ISD Education Foundation is designed to provide direction and support for innovative academic and enrichment projects and staff development activities for Klein Independent School District. The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors who include local business, corporate and respected community leaders.
For more information about the KISD Education Foundation, visit www.kleinisd.net/educationfoundation. For photos of the event, click here.