River Parish Community College Spotlight Employee
Name: Lee Lousteau Kleinpeter
Position: Associate Professor of Psychology
School: River Parishes Community College
Experience: I taught adaptive physical education for 13 years and psychology for 12 years.
Hometown: I am originally from Gonzales and Prairieville, and I returned to Gonzales after many years of living in other areas!
Education: B.S. in Education from LSU, Ph. D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from UNO.
Family: My father is A.J. Lousteau, who owned Lousteau Ford in Gonzales for years. I am married to Steve, a Kleinpeter Dairy Kleinpeter! I have 3 children, and Steve has 1. My oldest daughter, Fabienne, who is named after her grandmother, is performing pediatric surgery and teaching in Viet Nam and Burma (Myanmar).
Interests and hobbies:
Traveling in our motor home allows us to take off and go wherever we want! I love to read, knit, and ride motorcycles!
In several sentences explain how and why you decided to become an educator or become involved in education.
I began my career as a Special Education Physical Education teacher in Ascension Parish in 1979. I taught this subject in various places for 13 years. After teaching special education for that long, I decided I wanted to know more about children and the things that can go wrong. While attending UNO to work on my Ph.D. in Psychology, I taught undergraduate classes to help pay my tuition. At this time, I discovered how much I love teaching college-age students. They are my captive audience!
Who is a teacher or professor who inspired you and how?
My major professor at UNO wanted to do research with individuals with Down Syndrome. We were a great team because of my 13 years of experience in special education. He gave me the support and guidance I needed, and I learned so much from him about psychology.
Who is someone in current events whom you admire and why?
I admire Coach Les Miles because I love LSU Football! We tailgate at home games and some away games!
What are the greatest challenges in education today?
I think that the boom of technology is a double-edged sword for educators. Because students today learn technology from birth, they like instant results and information. They depend on cell phones for so many things. They say things like, “Why should I have to learn this when I can Google it anytime?” They also use their phones for everything, including in the classroom. Understanding and using technology as a tool to aid learning is a tremendous asset, yet at the same time students can become too dependent on technology.
What advice can you offer for someone who wants to go into education?
I recommend going into education to students all the time. The children are the next generation, and what children learn from teachers will help mold them into our future leaders. Therefore, we need the brightest and most motivated college students to major in education to prepare youngsters for the future.
What teaching moment is most memorable?
I love to see what I call the “light bulb” go off in struggling students. It may take a whole semester and sometimes even two for this to happen for some students, but when it does, I love to watch their grades increase as they become better students.