Pascual LeDoux dedicated his life to teaching students in the Denver Public Schools as a teacher at Fairview Elementary, Knight Elementary and the Diagnostic Center for Students with Special Needs at Force Elementary. He also coached varsity soccer at Abraham Lincoln High School.
He attended Denver Public Schools as a student from kindergarten through 12th grade at Fairmont Elementary, Baker Jr. High and West High School. His first language was Spanish and he was the first in his family to attend college with the goal of returning and giving back to the community where he was raised in Southwest Denver to specifically teach students in Denver Public Schools. LeDoux graduated from West High School and attended Regis University in Denver where he earned a bachelor’s degree followed by a master’s degree in Education earned at Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.
LeDoux was such an inspirational teacher that five of his immediate family members and numerous students became teachers. When a group of his students became adults, they reached out to his family to inform them that LeDoux changed their lives and inspired them to become teachers, just like him. Out of six of his students who remained in contact with each other, three of them became teachers because of LeDoux’s care and concern for them as students at Knight Elementary. LeDoux conducted home visits to get to know his students and their families better; he took his students with his family on excursions to the mountains and remained in contact with his students throughout their school experiences to provide support and guidance. He challenged his students to do their very best and encouraged them to respect and learn about people from different cultures and to support each other through school and through life.
LeDoux died an untimely death on June 27, 1980 at the age of 32 as he stopped to help a family fix their disabled vehicle on the highway. He was killed by a drunk driver along with two other people he had stopped to assist. He left behind his wife, Connie and two young children, Amy and Christopher LeDoux.
To honor his legacy, a school within DPS will carry his name — Pascual LeDoux Academy (1055 S. Hazel Court) — and is set to open this school year. The eponymous honor is heartfelt within the LeDoux family as well as for many of his former students whose lives he impacted.
“Imagine the pride that the LeDoux family is feeling because a school in the Denver Public Schools is named after our beloved family member, Pascual LeDoux, Jr. He positively impacted his students as a teacher in DPS and to this day, over 30 years after his death, he continues to be an inspiration to his previous students and to his entire family,” said Darlene LeDoux, his sister and executive director for Academic Achievement for English Learners at Denver Public Schools.