Young Leaders in Education

Young Leaders in Education


Organization's Mission

The Young Leaders in Education (YLE) is an education, service and advocacy organization through SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Our mission is to empower leaders of any age to improve the Dallas educational community by using their time and talents through service, fundraising, and recognition.

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Membership Roster

Chairman Greg Weatherford II (Educational Pathways)
Adam Clawson (Brookhaven College)
Albert Tezeno (Collin College)
Ana Ortiz (Credit Union of Texas)
Ben Jameson (Little Elm ISD)
Candy Arce (AUME Motion Arts)
Courtney Brazile (Eastfield College)
Kate Losecco (Texas Health Resources)
Karin Morris (Texas Rangers)
Katrina Austria Marrero (Uplift Education)
Lauren Hicks (Andy's Frozen Custard)
Mary O’Connor (O'Connor & Advisors)
Matthew Gutierrez (Plano ISD)
Melissa Reddick (FC Dallas)
Micah Autry (AUME Motion Arts)
Nakia Douglas (Dallas ISD)
Paul Polanco (SMU)
Racquel McBay (All-Stars Project of Dallas)
Steve Stich (U.S. Trust)
Whitney Brandon Faulkner (Dallas Cowboys)


Trailblazer Honorees

2017: Taylor Toynes
2016: Peter Brodsky
2015: Nakia Douglas
2014: Garret Boone
2013: Christine Allison
2012: June Jones














 2017 Trailblazer Award Ceremony

Upcoming Events

  Please check back in July 2017 for updates


YLE Service Projects

Each year, YLE supports community organizations and educational institutions through service project engagement. Please check back in July 2017 for Fall 2017 updates.


YLE Scholarship

Scholarships allow students at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development to pursue higher degrees, allowing them to positively impact the community and the children they serve. This years' YLE scholarship was made possible by the generosity of Andy's Frozen Custard.