Every week, the Mt. Pleasant News will feature a Henry County resident in a profile snapshot. The questions will appear in bold.
This week?s ?Friend on the Front Page? is Sara LeBlanc, who is the elementary school counselor for the Mt. Pleasant Community School District.
Are you originally from Mt. Pleasant/Henry County? If not, what brought you here? Yes, I was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant and I was a 1980 graduate from MPCSD. Once I graduated from Western Illinois University, I then worked and lived in Ethiopia and the Middle East for 25 years before moving back to Mt. Pleasant in 2009.
What is your favorite part of living here? After living in large cities where the traffic was chaotic, it is great to be able to get across town in five minutes. I also enjoy walking to locations if I have the desire to do so.
What do you like to do in your free time? Read, hike and travel.
Is there something Mt. Pleasant doesn?t have that you?d like to see? Actually, I am amazed that for such a small community we have so much going on. I am quite content here.
What is your favorite winter time activity? My husband gave me snowshoes for Christmas a few years ago and when the snow is deep enough I love to snowshoe. Unfortunately, it has not snowed enough the past few years to engage in that sport.
What do you think is Mt. Pleasant/Henry County?s trademark? The warmth and friendliness of the individuals who comprise a small town.
Tell us something interesting about you? My first teaching position out of university was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first five months I was in Addis, the British Royal Air Force were there providing humanitarian aid by making grain drops in the various remote regions of Ethiopia. They took volunteers to help with the drops as my colleagues and I had the opportunity to fly with them and help distribute the grain on weekends.