Leo Labrillazo

According to Danville Independent Schools Superintendent Keith Look, Principal Leo Labrillazo’s leadership is best characterized as “sensitive, methodological pragmatism” guided by a clear vision for how to make change. When Labrillazo took over as principal of Mary G. Hogsett Elementary School (MGHES), he immediately set out to unify his staff and re-establish focus, dissecting systems of management and instruction to reorient them toward clarified goals. With over two decades of classroom experience before becoming a principal, Labrillazo is a passionate believer in differentiated instruction that is dynamic, hands-on, and student-centered. Under his leadership, third-through-fifth-grade teachers are implementing systems to foster student ownership of their learning so that students leave the school able and eager to chart their own growth. He has also introduced small group instruction to make the classroom more responsive to individual student needs; through effective RTI and “encore” enrichment supported by a staff of trained interventionists, all MGHES students now receive individualized instruction appropriate for their skill level. As a musician and former music teacher, Labrillazo has passionately advocated to integrate arts in the curriculum at MGHES. He holds a B.A. in Music Education and Rank I certification from the University of Kentucky, an M.A. in School Counseling from Western Kentucky University, and an M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.