Ricardo LeBlanc-Esparza is a school change coach at the Center for Secondary School Redesign in West Warwick, Rhode Island. With twenty-nine years of experience in high- poverty schools, Ricardo has been an alternative high school principal, high school principal, assistant principal, athletic director, teacher and coach. When Ricardo began serving as principal of Granger High in the state of Washington, the school had a 30 percent graduation rate and the community had the highest reported crime rate in the region. By developing a team approach that involved parents, students, educators, and the community working toward a common goal, he helped Granger High achieve a 90 percent graduation rate, and the crime rate in the community decreased.
Ricardo was named 2007, 2005, and 2002 Principal of the Year, 1996 Athletic Director of the Year, and 1990 Coach of the Year. He has given dozens of presentations and has written for numerous educational publications.
Ricardo earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Washington University.
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