Getting to Know: Marisa Blackledge

by Matt Dunaway
Getting to Know: Marisa Blackledge

BATON ROUGE – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes recently hired Marisa Blackledge to serve as a Learning Specialist.

“Everyone deserves the chance to learn, but not everyone learns in the same way. That’s why I’m so passionate about helping educate student-athletes at LSU,” Blackledge said. “My teaching and counseling experience has helped me understand some of the obstacles facing students and I’m excited to be a part of a program that helped them grow in every aspect of their life. This job is the perfect combination of my passions – LSU and education – and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes’ team.”

Blackledge comes to LSU with experience from East Ascension, Denham Springs, Dutchtown, and Albany High Schools. This is Blackledge’s second time garnering work experience with LSU already serving a one year stint as a tutor for the Academic Center of Student Athletes.

As an English teacher for East Ascension and Denham Springs High Schools, Blackledge prepared lesson plans and managed her student’s behavior to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom. She also enhanced her student’s development by communicating effectively with parents throughout the year to discuss student progress and behavior.

While a career coach at Dutchtown and Albany High Schools, Blackledge performed the duties of a school counselor, such as scheduling, test administration, needs assessments, and classroom and faculty presentations.

While a tutor at ACSA, Blackledge worked as a strategy tutor to help college athletes adjust to life as a college student and worked as a content tutor to help student-athletes better comprehend classroom information. She also possesses valuable counseling experience, serving as a teacher, counselor, and tutor for eight years.

“I am excited about the addition of Ms. Blackledge to the already talented team at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes at LSU,” ACSA Assistant Director for Student Learning Dr. Louise Bodack said. “She is driven by a desire to aid student-athletes set goals for themselves, reach those goals and realize their full potential.  In her experiences working with a diverse population, she has recognized barriers that need to be overcome and learned how to assist individuals in overcoming them. These skills will be a great asset to her in this position, and I am pleased by the opportunity to work with her as we prepare student-athletes for their academic and life experiences.”

Blackledge received a master’s degree in School Counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English at LSU.