Mrs. Leblanc

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Growing up as an introverted child with social anxiety brought many hardships. But “ Walk confidently,” was a motto she soon learned to abide by. This is Angela LeBlanc, an MVHS teacher, and MVC English professor. 

As a child, she had to flee Ohio with her mother, come to California and go into hiding for two years. With a loss of connection to family, she had to create a life of her own, with the ultimate result of her being a quiet and introverted child. 

In her adolescent years, she worked at many jobs like McDonald’s and a pizza parlor, but her most memorable one was participating in a rock band. At age 15, she formed her band, “Zion Child”. Being the lead singer brought terrific opportunities, like playing at a music festival at the University of California, Irvine, and many church camps. 

“[Looking back] we wrote some really cheesy songs,” Mrs. LeBlanc said, “ [but] everybody said I sounded like ‘Susy in the Banshees,’ which I thought was really cool.”

Despite being in a rock band in her youth, she also got married at age 18 in 1993. Married for 26 years, she and her husband now have three children, who are now adults, and three dogs. Wade Wilson, her favorite dog, is a mixed Husky and “is really cute” as she says. She also has Ghost and Saidy, which is 12 years old.

“But all my kids say that I love my dogs more than them,” Mrs. LeBlanc said, “But I use my dogs as therapy, they help me not be sad, and help me like refocus and feel better.” 

As a teacher, her biggest struggle at the moment is balancing her emotional health with work. Her weekly routine consists of going to the gym about 4 to 5 times a week, but lately she’s had trouble balancing her schedule, which became overwhelming. 

“I haven’t been able to balance that with family cause like it feels like if I go to the gym, I don’t see my family, and not seeing my family stresses me out too and so I often sacrifice my own self to make sure I’m home with the family and that’s frustrating me,” Mrs. LeBlanc said. 

Overall, Mrs. LeBlanc is grateful for the path she chose for herself. Although English was not her first choice, she has always had a desire to help others and make a change.

Being a youth pastor has helped LeBlanc realize that working with teenagers is what she wanted to do in life. 

“Originally, I was going to be an elementary school teacher,” LeBlanc said.

But now, she is more than happy with the career route she chose because working with teenagers has always been something Mrs. LeBlanc has enjoyed. 

Although she loves working with young people, she also notices that a common factor in the youth is the lack of connection with education.

“I think people don’t understand that I’m a real person,” LeBlanc said. “So often, especially teachers, we get categorized as this checkmark, like a thing to do, so when [students arrive] to my class, they see me as another thing they have to do. So they forget that I’m a real person. And they often don’t treat me as if I am.”

Even though youth do have this in common, she has developed excellent listening skills through it. 

“I pay attention to how people are feeling and what’s going on with them,” LeBlanc said. “And I think that helps someone be a better teacher; when someone trusts you.”