Patricia Ann LeBlanc Prado Fontenot – Sociology and History Liberal Arts, 1976
Patricia Ann LeBlanc Prado Fontenot
My name on my diploma at the time of graduation was Patricia Ann LeBlanc Fontenot. I graduated in 1976 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. My major was Sociology with a double major in History.
I was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha social sorority, the Newman Club, the USL Marching band and the USL Concert Orchestra. My many memories of USL revolve around marching/playing for football games, in parades, and for concert seasons. I really enjoyed band tours around the state as we played for high schools and other institutions.
I was married to Robert Prado and we had two children Art Clifford Prado and Renee Victoriana Prado (she is also a graduate of USL). Robert died at age 34 and I began teaching and working on certification through the department of Education at USL while teaching classroom music for two years and Kindergarten for five years in the St. Landry parish school system.
I then married John S. Fontenot who is still a professor of English at USL. We raised a blended family of seven children (his, mine, theirs, and ours) James Fontenot, Ann Fontenot, Tony Fontenot, Janna Fontenot (USL graduate) and Richard LeBlanc (USL graduate) who are all doing well in their own chosen professions–Computer Analyst, Mechanic, Electronic Technician, Real Estate Agent, Physical Therapist, High School Spanish Teacher and Law School student.
I eventually acquired my Masters Degree from Loyola in New Orleans in Religious Education and have been teaching at a catholic school for 21 years now in 3rd grade, Kindergarten, High School, and Religion and Music classes.
I have published poetry and curriculum guides for Art in religion and for Social Justice issues.
I am now trained in the Spalding Method and in helping young students go through the grief process.
At present, I work part time as the Development Director and as a Master Teacher. I produce a weekly newsletter and have written five grant proposals three of which have been funded. I function as the School Building Level chairperson and liaison for the parish school district. I am also a Student Assistance Team member. I also enjoy my life away from school with my husband and family.