about ULS

School Leadership

Dr. Paul Manthei

Dr. Paul Manthei
Interim Superintendent

In addition to his role as ULS Interim Superintendent, Dr. Manthei currently serves in the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education Dean’s Office as the Director of Logistics for Online & Continuing Education Partnerships. He is responsible for providing leadership in the development and implementation of the college’s entire portfolio of academic programs offered via distance learning modalities as well as the college’s extensive offerings of professional education and lifelong learning opportunities online in coordination with the division of Online and Continuing Education. 

Previously, as an Instructor in the CHSE School of Education, Dr. Manthei taught various courses in teacher preparation, academic advising, and academic strategies for students transitioning to college.  After several years as a University Supervisor for Clinical Experiences, he was the Interim Coordinator for the Office of Field Experiences from 2016 – 2017.  Past duties in the School of Education also included several responsibilities as Assistant to the Director for the School of Education, including serving as the Title II Coordinator for the School of Education and as Coordinator for the Online MA in Higher Education Administration and Educational Technology Programs.

Before pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Manthei taught English at both the middle and high school level, including five years as the 8th grade RWW instructor at ULS.  His dissertation examined the factors contributing to the academic success of Black male students pursuing advanced degrees at predominantly White institutions.  Research interests include student success, ethics in education, critical theory, policy and leadership in education, student retention, and higher education.  He is especially interested in issues that examine race, culture, and social justice in education.

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