Derrick Brown



Location: San Antonio, TX


Derrick Brown is the Principal of the Young Men’s Leadership Academy, the first public school for boys in San Antonio, TX. The Young Men’s Leadership Academy has been featured on radio, local news and the front page of the San Antonio Express News for innovative practices and academic achievement. YMLA was the recipient of the first INSPIRE award for schools and also the Grand Prize winner for their PBIS video highlighting a unique campus culture.

Before leading the city’s first all boys school he led the change initiative at Douglass Elementary through reflective thinking practices, student input and a focus on constant improvement. Within one year, the school transformed from one of the lowest performing schools in the state to one of the most improved schools with distinctions in Reading and top 25% Student Progress. The school went on to become the first one to one school in the San Antonio ISD where every child received an iPad and the opportunity to learn on a global level.

Derrick Brown has worked in education for 25 years serving students in public, private and charter schools.