Peter LeBlanc Becomes New Director of Talent Support at DMPS
Des Moines Public Schools is pleased to announce Peter LeBlanc will become a new Director of Talent Support.
Over the last year, Peter has served as Principal on Special Assignment, a position that grew out of input from staff students, families and the community during the 2020 Anti-racist Town Hall series.
“Our community spoke clearly during our Summer Anti-racist Town Halls,” said Tim Schott, Executive Director of Talent Support. “Peter responded courageously and joined our team on temporary special assignment, working passionately to ensure our system honored that community voice. His work made the case for a permanent position, which he has now earned. Our future is bright with him in this role.”
In his new role, LeBlanc will provide leadership and development support to central office, networks, school-based administrators and teacher-leaders, helping employees grow professionally and organizing the efforts to realize the district’s commitment to equity, justice, and anti-racism.
“I feel like we have taken steps in us becoming an anti-racist organization over the course of this year, LeBlanc said. “What is important to remember is that we have systems and structures that have been in place for hundreds of years and it is going to take time, learning and unlearning, and dedication to achieving our goal of becoming an anti-racist organization.”
LeBlanc has a history of successful leadership in urban schools. Before taking on the role of Principal on Special Assignment, LeBlanc served as principal of Goodrell for four years and King Elementary School for five years. He began his career in the Aldine Independent School District in Houston, Texas, where he served as an assistant principal and director of interventions and community relations.
He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono, and a master’s degree from the University of Houston in Texas.
LeBlanc will begin his work as Director of Talent Support on July 1, 2021.