Dr. LaRoque is the founder of Mansfield Hall. He earned his PhD in special education from the University of Wisconsin and has served in a variety of leadership roles serving at-risk youth and people with disabilities. Before returning for his doctoral work, Dr. LaRoque worked in an assisted-living care facility for adults with intellectual disabilities and taught special education in several public schools. Upon returning for his doctoral studies, he continued his service in the field and served as a teacher and mental health specialist in a children’s residential psychiatric program at Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI. Dr. LaRoque is also the co-founder of the College STEPS Program, a non-profit with a mission of providing post-secondary education to low-income students with intellectual disabilities in Vermont.
Dr. LaRoque is published in several major education journals for his work on educating students with disabilities and has presented at several international conferences. He has served as an adjunct professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Dr. LaRoque also sits on the Special Education State Advisory Council, which is an appointed position by the Governor of Vermont. Most recently, he was an associate professor and the special education program director at Johnson State College in Vermont.