Ronald J. Blanchard

Earth Science, Grade 8, Ray D. Molo Middle School, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Total years as a classroom teacher: 32

Education

1991 McNeese State University, M.S., Education
1977 McNeese State University, B.S., Education

Teaching Experience

2000-present 8, Earth Science, Ray D. Molo Midle School, Lake Charles, Louisiana
1977-2000 Grades 9-12, Biology, Washington-Marion High School, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Special Recognition

2007 Award of Excellence, Louisiana Middle School Association
2003 Teacher of the Year, Martin Luther King Coalition
1997 High School Teacher of the Year, runner up, Calcasieu Parish School Board

Testimonials

  • Ronald believes that developing collaborative, productive working
    relationships is critical to the success of a teacher. His primary focus
    is to establish a foundation of confidence and trust. He builds this
    foundation of trust by visiting students and their parents in their
    homes before school starts, which allows him to understand the specific
    situation of each of his students.
  • His classroom environment is not limited to the four walls of a
    school building. Many lessons are taught outside the classroom to
    provide real-life relevant experiences that students can use throughout
    their lives and educational careers.

“Ronald refuses to address the ‘tip of the iceberg.’ He understands
that teachers must know the ‘whole student’ to successfully address the
needs and accommodations that ensure quality instruction…Beyond his
dispensation of scientific facts and concepts, it is his belief that
students and teachers must develop sincere relationships to
collaboratively and collectively face the global challenges of
education.”

James Wilson, Principal, Ray D. Molo Middle School

“Currently, in his thirty-second year of teaching, Mr. Blanchard’s
dedication to education is manifest in his children, the community and
the educational system itself. He has always been a teaching pioneer in
his thinking and approach. He never stops looking for ways to innovate
and transcend our traditional methods of educating. My desire to
accomplish more in life was, in no small part, due to the spark that Mr.
Blanchard ignited in me.”

Erica Papillion-Posey, Former Student