Former St. Tammany Parish Public School System Superintendent Leonard Paul
(Lenny) Monteleone, for whom L. P. Monteleone Junior High School is named,
rose through the ranks of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System, first
as a teacher and coach, then a school principal, and next a Supervisor of
Administration in the School Board Central Office. He was appointed Superintendent
in July, 1995.
A native of Hammond, Louisiana, Mr. Monteleone became
a St. Tammany Parish resident when he began his career
in education in 1968 as a teacher and coach at Lee Road
Junior High and Carolyn Park Middle Schools. He was principal
at Lee Road Junior High School from 1975 until 1985.
Over the years, he found much pleasure and satisfaction
in officiating student sporting events and participating
in livestock education and care programs for young people.
Mr. Monteleone is remembered for his ability to manage
the challenges of a rapidly growing school system and
the mandates of excellence in student achievement, while
also maintaining a strong financial condition. Under
his leadership, the School System achieved at the highest
levels of student, school, and district performance in
the State of Louisiana. Also, massive school construction
and renovation programs were implemented across the parish
during his tenure.
Following Mr. Monteleone’s death on January 24,
2003, he was recognized for his 35 years of service and
leadership as an educator by numerous groups including
the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education;
Southeastern Louisiana University; local governmental,
business, and civic bodies; and the St. Tammany Parish
School Board. Mr. Monteleone is widely remembered for
the positive examples he set for dedication to duty,
hard work, and personal integrity.