Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Leah Strickland
My name is Leah Strickland and I am the Criminal Justice teacher for Willis High School. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Photography and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Industrial Education all from Sam Houston State University. I am certified in Career and Technology Education-Criminal Justice, English Language Arts, ESL, and Speech. I also have my administrator's certificate. I have been in education for 12 years and this is my eighth year at Willis High School.
I am originally from the small Texas Panhandle town of Spearman, but moved to South Texas to attend college at SHSU and never left! I have been married for 13 years and have three small children, Brody (9), Addy (7), and Cody (2). I am truly blessed to be able to work at a great school district with wonderful students!
After working in various areas of the Criminal Justice field, I wanted to start a Criminal Justice program in a high school to allow students to understand the criminal justice system and the many agencies that create it so that they would be able to prepare themselves better for their career in the CJ field. After six years of trying, in 2011, I was able to start the Criminal Justice Program at WHS and it is a growing program! I offer students an opportunity to learn about all areas of the criminal justice field through real life experiences: hands-on curriculum, guest speakers, and field trips.
The students have created a club called Justice League and it is open to any students at WHS that are interested in any area of the criminal justice field. It is not a requirement to be enrolled in any of my courses to be a part of JL Club. See the Justice League tab for more info!
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, concerns, or comments! Email is the best way to reach me.
Position...........Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (LPSCS Pathway) Teacher
JUSTICE LEAGUE CLUB
Justice League Club was created in 2015 by students in the practicum class as a special project. The purpose of the club is to unite students that are interested in the criminal justice field regardless if they are enrolled in a criminal justice course. These students have the opportunity to network with each other and with professionals in the criminal justice field. We currently meet once a month but students have the opportunity to volunteer for various criminal justice activities outside of school but within the community. We are always looking for ways to give back so please let us know if you have anything that we can help with!
These activities include:
-Texas Wheels of Justice Bike Ride
-Walk Like MADD
-Willis Firefighters Fall Festival
-National Night Out
-Snack Food drive for Children's Safe Harbor
-Police Week Appreciation
In other news,
- In 2016-17, we had the opportunity to complete a team building exercise and through their fundraising efforts, the students were able to participate in Paintball so we go annually!
- In 2017, the students created a scholarship funded by their fundraisers and donations from the community to go towards any type of continuing education after high school. This scholarship is the CHELSI LYNN TASKA FLY HIGH SCHOLARSHIP and last year we were able to award 3 students $500 scholarships each.