Newberg names next superintendent

Newberg Oregon School District

The Newberg School Board named Kym Le Blanc-Esparza, Executive Director of K-12 Schools in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools in suburban Denver, to be its next superintendent.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a three-year contract with Dr. LeBlanc-Esparza. She will succeed superintendent Paula Radich, who retires at the end of June.

“It is a great honor to have been chosen to lead the Newberg Public Schools,” said Dr. LeBlanc-Esparza. “There is such a great pride and respect for the schools and educators in this community. This district already has many great things in place for kids. I look forward to getting to know the people in the community and working directly with the educators in the schools.”

Dr. LeBlanc-Esparza received her undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. She holds a masters degree in administration and curriculum from the University of Texas, Odessa, and earned her doctorate in educational leadership and applied statistics at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.

Dr. LeBlanc-Esparza currently leads and supervises K-12 principals in the 43,000-student district, including comprehensive high schools, middle and elementary schools, magnet schools and alternative education campuses. She previously served as principal of a K-8 magnet school, then moved to direct advanced academic services in Adams 12. She was responsible for advanced academic services, math and science programs in Boulder, Colorado and was an assistant principal and curriculum specialist in Odessa, Texas, prior to working in Colorado. Dr. LeBlanc-Esparza began her education career teaching elementary school, math and science.

“Dr. LeBlanc-Esparza is a proven and successful leader of schools,” said Melinda Van Bossuyt, school board chairwoman. “She has a depth of understanding about curriculum and instruction coupled with a history of making sure kids come first. I am delighted to welcome her to our community.”