Mr. Leake transitions into the principalship after having served here a year as assistant principal. Before that, he served Weddington High School as an assistant principal for seven years. He hopes to capitalize on his myriad of experiences by serving our students and stakeholders here at Weddington Middle School.
He began his foray into administration with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as an assistant principal at Ardrey Kell High School during its inaugural 2006-2007 academic year. Prior to that, he taught science and math at Providence High School, also in CMS. His professional certifications include Highly Qualified Status in Core Academic Areas for K-12 Exceptional Children, Curriculum and Instructional Specialization, Psychology, and the K-12 Principalship.
Mr. Leake earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While teaching in Charlotte, he earned a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition to education, Mr. Leake has worked in operating room and long-term health care settings.
Mr. Grieser joins the Weddington Middle administrative team after having the honor of teaching 6th grade math at the school for the past three and a half years. He is a firm believer in building relationships with students and families in hopes of providing a safe and successful learning environment where students develop the skills needed to thrive in high school and beyond.
Mr. Grieser was born and raised in Archbold, Ohio. He earned his undergraduate degree in Middle Childhood Education from Defiance College and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Wingate University. He has 17 years of educational experience, teaching in Ohio, Georgia, and South Carolina for four years before relocating to the Charlotte area in 2008. He worked in Cabarrus County Schools, teaching for seven years and serving as MTSS In-School Coach for three before joining UCPS and Weddington Middle in 2018.
Outside of school, Mr. Grieser spends the majority of his time with his wife (Megan) and three children, Elise, Natalie, and Gabriel. He also enjoys outdoor sports and activities, and is an avid Ohio State Buckeye, Chicago Cub and Chicago Bear fan.
Ronnie West (Assistant Principal)
About Mr. West
Hello students, parents, teachers, and staff. I am honored and excited to be with the Weddington Middle School family as the seventh-grade assistant principal. I look forward to creating new relationships with all of you as we embark on this new school year. My goals are to help create an environment that is safe and conducive to the development of the whole child.
I have 15 years of educational experience, having served as a teacher and administrator in both Carolinas. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s of Teaching from THE University of South Carolina, and a MEd in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Winthrop University.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, as well as rooting for all of the Charlotte-based professional teams and of course the Gamecocks!
I look forward to meeting everyone and working together to support the Weddington Middle mission! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns. I am excited and anticipate a successful school year that will be marked by outstanding achievements. #RaiseTheBar
Mrs. Elizabeth Gobble joined the WMS staff as the sixth-grade Assistant Principal and Special Needs Administrator after teaching Language Arts in the school for numerous years. Mrs. Gobble was born and raised in the mountains of Princeton, West Virginia before earning her middle school education degree in Language Arts and Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then furthered her education through a graduate program at Wingate University. Before teaching at WMS, Mrs. Gobble taught at Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School, as well as Princeton Middle School when she and her family moved back to West Virginia for a brief stint.
Upon returning to North Carolina, Mrs. Gobble continued teaching at Weddington Middle until receiving the privilege to continue the school’s culture of excellence in the role of Assistant Principal.