Leander ISD welcomes Jeff Strickland to the role of Leander Extended Opportunity (LEO) Center principal after the Board approved this transition at Thursday’s meeting. Strickland has served as the interim principal at LEO since July, bringing to the position over two decades of experience in education, educational leadership and professional development.

“Over the past two years of his service to LISD, Jeff has modeled excellent leadership abilities and clearly demonstrated the strengths that we look for when selecting campus principals,” Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D. said. “I am inspired by his vision of cultivating a campus on which all students experience academic, social and emotional growth, and the ways that he has already begun to fulfill this mission during his time on LEO’s campus.”

Strickland has served in LISD since June 2020, working as the assistant principal at LEO before being appointed as interim principal. Previously, he served in a variety of leadership positions in districts including Hutto ISD, Boys Ranch ISD, Dripping Springs ISD and Round Rock ISD, where he was an assistant principal at Stony Point High School.  

“I am incredibly honored and excited to continue my time at the Leander Extended Opportunity Center in this new role as Principal,” Strickland said. “I look forward to working alongside an amazing staff honoring the LEO legacy, while meeting the challenges facing a new generation of LISD learners and their home campuses.”

Strickland attended Abilene Christian University where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Secondary Education, as well as two Masters of Education in Secondary Teaching and Principalship.