about ULS

School Leadership

Dr. Amy Westbrook

Dr. Amy Westbrook
Interim Superintendent

Dr. Amy Westbrook received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Research, a Reading Specialist Certification, and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Louisiana State University and a BA in Education & Human Development from George Washington University. She holds certifications in elementary grades 1-8, elementary school principal, reading specialist, K-12 principal, parish/city school supervisor of instruction and superintendent.

Her career spans many facets of education and past posts include educational consultant, principal in West Baton Rouge Parish, superintendent of St. Helena Parish, executive director of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and deputy superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District. She also served as assistant professor and program coordinator in the LSU School of Education, as well as teacher, assistant principal and principal in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Dr. Westbrook has served on multiple professional committees and commissions, including the State Accountability Commission, Governor’s Education Transition Team, Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee, Parish Superintendents’ Advisory Council and more. She was named "Teacher of the Year" and "Superintendent of the Year" in 1990 and 2008, respectively. She continues active engagement in professional and service organizations, including the Louisiana Association of School Executives, American Education Research Association, and the Louisiana and National Reading Associations.

Mrs. Christa Leon

(225) 578-9160

Christa Leon
Interim Elementary Principal

Christa Leon officially joined University Laboratory School in July 2019 with more than 15 years experience as a principal. Most recently, she served as the founding principal of Mayfair Laboratory School, a kindergarten through 8th grade magnet program that has a longstanding partnership with ULS.

Under her leadership, Mayfair grew quickly from a kindergarten through third grade school to a thriving kindergarten through eighth grade program in just six years, while simultaneously earning the National Magnet School of Distinction Award and the National 2017 Green Ribbon School. Mrs. Leon has also previously served as principal of Twin Oaks Elementary School and assistant principal of Northeast Elementary.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Louisiana State University and a masters degree in education from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Secondary Principal  

Frank Rusciano Jr.
Secondary Principal

Mr. Rusciano received a bachelor of arts degree in Business Education and a master's degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. He then attended Louisiana State University to fulfill requirements for certification in Mathematics and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Mathematics. Before coming to the Laboratory School, he was the assistant principal of instruction at Bishop Sullivan High School (now known as St. Michael's High School). At University Laboratory School, Mr. Rusciano has taught math in grades 6 - 12 and presently serves as the Secondary Principal.

Dean of Studentsmpicou3@lsu.edu
(225) 578-6919


Matt Picou
Dean of Students

Matt Picou received his bachelor of arts degree in Kinesiology from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA, in 1993. He taught and coached in Livingston Parish for 10 years. In 2004, Mr. Picou moved to University Laboratory School to teach physical education. He earned his master's degree in Educational Leadership in 2006. While at University Laboratory School, Mr. Picou has served as an instructor, basketball coach, golf coach and associate athletic director. Mr. Picou has also served as the Child Welfare and Attendance officer. Currently, he is the University Laboratory School's Dean of Students