Andrew Leak Named New W.F. Burns PrincipalMay 7, 2021
The Chambers County School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Andrew Leak as the system’s new Principal named to lead at W.F. Burns Middle School. The board voted to internally transfer Mr. Leak on Thursday night, May 6th to fill the vacant principal’s position at W.F. Burns Middle School for the 2021-22 school year. The vacancy was created with the recent resignation of former W.F. Burns Principal, Mr. Chad Smith. Andrew Leak returns to W.F. Burns where he first began his career as a teacher in 2004.
Mr. Andrew Leak has served in his current position as the principal at Five Points Elementary School for grades K-8 since 2018. Mr. Leak will transition into his new role as Principal at W.F. Burns Middle School effective on Monday, May 17th. During his time as Principal at Five Points, Mr. Leak’s leadership led to implementation of a positive behavior support system that built student camaraderie and initiative. Over the course of his three years as principal, Five Points Elementary School increased enrollment by nearly 18%.
Prior to his role as Principal at Five Points, Mr. Leak served as the Assistant Principal at Valley High School from 2013 to 2018 where he served as chairman for the school’s continuous improvement plan as well as representative for VHS on the district’s safety team committee. Additionally, Mr. Leak has multi-tasked his roles for the school district since 2007 working with the CCSD’s Board Leadership as an Energy Manager Specialist to save the system on energy costs.
Before his first promotion into school administration at VHS, Mr. Leak served as a health education teacher at Valley H.S. from 2005 to 2013. During this period teaching at VHS, Mr. Leak was selected as the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2010. He also sponsored the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization over a four year period while serving as the VHS Relay for Life Coordinator from 2012 to 2013. Prior to joining the Rams faculty in 2005, Mr. Leak initially taught physical education for grades 6-8 at W.F. Burns Middle School for his first full time teaching assignment in the Chambers County School District.
Andrew Leak is a byproduct of the Chambers County School System having graduated from Valley High School in 1995. He has served the district over the last eighteen years having worked in four of our schools since taking a long-term substitute teaching position in 2004 for a first grade class at LaFayette Lanier Elementary School. Mr. Leak was born and raised as a Chambers County native as the son of Mr. Arnold and Vicki Leak from Valley, AL.
Andrew Leak prioritizes his goal of developing well-rounded students while recognizing the importance of creating a nurturing and engaging environment that promotes learning and allows them to thrive. He actively supports the utilization of positive behavior support systems to drive the school culture to encourage his students to “dream big.” He works closely with both staff and parents to collaborate to implement best practices for promoting student achievement.
Mr. Leak initially attended Southern Union State Community College before transferring in 1997 to Auburn University. He graduated in March of 2000 from Auburn with a B.S. in Business Administration focusing on Business Management. However, Mr. Leak returned to Auburn to earn another B.S. in Education earning a 3.7 GPA and graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. In 2011, Mr. Leak earned his M.S. with a Masters of Instructional Leadership from Troy University where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Andrew and his wife, Leslie reside in Chambers County. The Leaks have two children – a daughter, Ansley, who attends LaFayetteLanier Elementary School, and a son, Drew, who attends Bob Harding Shawmut Elementary School. Mrs. Leak is employed at Auburn University as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Information Technology/CIO.
Chambers County Superintendent, Casey Chambley was pleased to recommend the promotion of Mr. Andrew Leak to a larger leadership opportunity as the new principal at W.F. Burns Middle School. Superintendent Chambley noted that Andrew Leak will bring a positive energy to his new school family with a strong desire to impact the school’s culture. He added that Mr. Leak’s work experience is modeled as a big fan of education influencer Ron Clark, a New York Times best-selling author that founded the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, GA. Chambley stated that “Andrew Leak is truly committed to student success and our school system is fortunate to have his commitment to work with our students and staff.”