Cleveland ISD employee killed in car crash

Debra Leasman, an employee with Cleveland ISD, was killed Wednesday morning in a traffic accident in San Jacinto County. Leasman, 69, was the longtime secretary for Cleveland Middle School.

Cleveland ISD released the following statement about Leasman’s passing:

“It is with great sadness that Cleveland ISD informs our community and stakeholders that Mrs. Debra Leasman, longtime secretary at our Cleveland Middle School campus, passed away this morning in a traffic accident. We will have counselors throughout the day on our middle school campus for our students and staff.”

Debra Leasman

Leasman joined Cleveland ISD in 2001 as a paraprofessional at the Eastside Elementary campus. In 2009, she was promoted to principal secretary at Cleveland Middle School where she remained until the time of her passing.

“Mrs. Leasman has touched the lives of our students, teachers and staff for 30-plus years, with 20 of those years in Cleveland ISD,” the statement continues.

The District asks that the community keeps the family of Mrs. Leasman and the entire Cleveland ISD family in your thoughts and prayers.

The crash occurred around 6 a.m. on FM 945 in San Jacinto County, about eight miles east of Cleveland.

According to Sgt. Stephanie Davis, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, for an unknown reason, Leasman’s vehicle, a 2002 GMC Yukon, crossed the center dividing line into the southbound lane of traffic. The vehicle continued off the roadway and struck a tree. Upon impact, the vehicle was engulfed in flames.

Leasman was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Randy Ellisor. She was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Davis said the accident investigation is continuing and there are no additional details at this time.


  1. R.I.P Mrs. Leasman 🙁
    Thank you for your guidance, love, and unconditional support. We will miss you very much.

  2. RIP Mrs.Leasman, I’m so grateful for the years we we’re friends and guidance, support you gave to all of us at work at Cleveland Middle School. We will miss you a lot. Please watch down on us and we will see you again one day sweet friend !!!!!

  3. Rest in peace Ms Leasman. Thank you for your friendship and all the love, caring and endless hours you have given the youth of our community. My prayers for Randy and family.

  4. Rip Debra Leasman you were the best and the whole communities will miss you.I know you are a very special Angel now,but we will still miss you forever.

  5. Rip debra leaseman and prayers for Roger,Randy and Dude from a friend and neighbor from years past but never forgotten .Marlene mcdaniel

  6. It hard when you don’t have to much time to know a person but that person feel like you know for life! 🥺🥺🥺🥺
    Will be always be missed

  7. Rest In Peace Mrs.Leasman, you will be missed. Thank you for giving me a chance to be your office aid. Prayers for Mrs.Leasman’s family.

  8. You my friend touched and impacted so many lives including mine, you always had a beautiful smile and kind words for anyone that walked through your door at Cleveland Middle School! You made all of us feel like one big family❤ You will always be loved and missed by your CMS family, past and present 💔😢
    I pray for your husband,your Sons, daughter in laws, and your grandchildren as well as the rest of your family and friends 🙏🙏
    God gained the most beautifuless Angel, fly high my friend, love you 😇

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