Debra LeBlanc, Ed.D.

Visiting Professor, Program Chair

Office Location: Institute for Collaboration, Room 226D
Phone Number: 630-844-4548
Email Address:

Teaching Philosophy
I bring knowledge of the content, expertise in the practices, and competence in the real life experiences to the courses in which I teach. I guide our candidates to understand the professional standards of our practices. I align them to the outcomes and assessments for the courses.  My course activities are engaging, relevant and differentiated to meet the needs of the candidates.  

Certificate of Advanced Study/Superintendent Endorsement (CAS) - Lewis University, 2002
EdD, Curriculum and Instruction - Northern Illinois University, 1999
MS, Administration - Northern Illinois University, 1981
Certification to teach TMH/BD/ED - National Louis University, 1979
BS, Elementary Education and Special Education - Quincy University, 1977

Areas of Specialization
Special Education

Courses Taught
EDU 6630 Curriculum Development and Evaluation
EDU6670 Practicum
EDU6380 Supervision and Administration in Literacy I
EDU6390 Supervision and Administration in Literacy II
EDU6080 Intro to Practicum
EDU6030 The Individual, Cognition and Learning
EDU6530 The Leadership Role in Curriculum Development, Assessment, and Evaluation
EDU6586 Introduction to the Teacher Leader Practicum
EDU6588 The Teacher Leader Practicum
EDU6505 The Teacher Leader’s Role in Professional Development
EDU6690 Current Research in Cross – Categorical Special Education Programming and Assessment
EDU6600 School Administration

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
2014 Illinois Principals Association - Herman Graves Award Nominee
2011 DuPage County Principal of the Year
2005 DuPage County Township – Outstanding Citizen Award
2004 DuPage County Coordinating Council (Beta Phi, Lambda State) – Key Contributor Award 1996 – Illinois Math and Science Academy- Award of Excellence
1991 Illinois State Board – Those Who Excel – Award of Excellence

Lambda State Convention, April 2013, Leadership Management Seminar Experience
Illinois Association of School Board, “Triple I Conference”, November 2010, Presented Principal Evaluation Instrument to Illinois State Board of Education
Leadership for Excellence and Equity for All – DuPage Regional Office of Education, January 2009  - Most Fabulous School Culture for a Middle and Elementary School in DuPage County
Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Reading Conference, March 2006 – Leading to Read
Illinois Principals Association Professional Conference, October 2004
IASA Statewide Conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 1997
Naperville High School District, #203, November 1996 Cass School District #63, Concord Elementary School, November 1996   - Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom
National Louis University, September 1996
CHOICES Summer Institute, July 1996
Illinois State Board of Education Meeting, October 1992
Numerous presentations in Community Consolidated School District #180

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Chair of the MAEL program and non degree special educationSenator of the Faculty Senate
Wrote reports for IWAS, SPA, and NCATE
Served on the committee to prepare for NCATE visitations
Participated in selection and orientation of candidates for Principal Endorsement Program
Wrote syllabi for Director of Special Education and Teacher Leader courses
Served on two doctoral committees
Served on numerous course syllabus revision committees