Heather Leeper, assistant girls’ dean, was born and raised in Douglasville, Ga. She attended Georgia-Cumberland Academy for four years and graduated in 2008 as Heather Thames. Heather earned a bachelor’s in social work degree from Southern Adventist University in 2012. She spent the following year working for Child Protective Services.
Heather married fellow GCA alumnus, Kaleb Leeper, in 2012 and they moved to Calhoun in 2013 when he began teaching at their alma mater. During that time, she managed the office for the GCA church. Their love for working with young people and being active in sports endeared them to their team when they coached girls’ volleyball for three years.They have two small children: a son, Everett, and a daughter, Emrie.
Heather’s desire to be a girls’ dean stems from her own positive experience in the dorm. She was impressed with the way Dean Janet interacted with the girls. This planted the seed for her passion to be able to offer help and guidance to teenagers.“I hope to be real with these kids so God can work through me before they head off on their own,” said Heather.