Don W. Leech, Ed.D. Portrait

Don W. Leech, Ed.D.

Professor


Education

  • Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida
    • B.S. in Chemistry with minor in Mathematics, 1983
    • M.A.T. in Guidance and Counseling, 1984
    • Certification in School Administration and Supervision, 1985
  • University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
    • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, 1999
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1997
    • Graduate course work
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1997
    • Graduate course work

Professional Experience

  • VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY (2000-present)
    • Professor of Leadership (promoted 2004, 2009, tenured 2005), Department of Leadership, Technology, and Workforce Development (formerly Curriculum, Leadership, and Technology and Educational Leadership) (2000-present) 
    • Associate Dean, Dewar College of Education and Human Services (2012-2019)
    • Interim Department Head, Social Work (2018- 2019)
    • Associate Dean (part-time), Honors College, (2016-2018)
    • Department Head, Curriculum, Leadership, and Technology (2006-2012)
    • Acting Department Head, Educational Leadership (2005- 2006)
  • Florida Public Education (1983-2000)
    • Principal, Susie Tolbert Elementary School, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Florida
    • Regional School Improvement Facilitator, Center for the Study of Teaching and Learning / FLDOE Office of School Improvement, College of Education, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • Principal, Union County High School, Union County Public Schools, Lake Butler, Florida
    • Assistant Principal. Terry Parker High School, Mandarin High School, and Edward H. White High School, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Florida
    • District Level Guidance Services Staff, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Florida
    • High School Science Teacher, Edward H. White Senior High School, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Florida
    • High School Chemistry and Mathematics Teacher, Baker County High School, Baker County Public Schools, Macclenny, Florida
  • Other Experience
    • Adjunct Instructor, Educational Leadership Program, Division of Educational Services and Research, College of Education and Human Services, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida (1998-2000)
    • Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Education, Division of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida (1987-1996)

Professional Certifications

  • Georgia Professional Educator Certificate: Educational Leadership (P-12), expires 2023
  • Florida Educator Certificate: School Principal (P-12), Guidance (P-12), Math (6-12), Chemistry (7-12), General Science (5-9), Middle Grades Endorsement (6-8), expires 2024

Research Interests

Shared Decision Making, The Principalship, Leadership Practices, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Culture, and School Change and Reform

    229.333.5633

    dwleech@valdosta.edu

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