School Leadership

Brandon Thurston


Brandon J. Thurston is a native of Texarkana, Arkansas. He earned his undergraduate degree in education from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.. He taught in the Texarkana, Texas and Liberty-Eylau Independent School Districts. 


He earned a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and then served as an assistant principal in Gilmer ISD and Tyler ISD. 


Having completed research concerning parental involvement and high-yield instructional strategies, Dr. Thurston has presented at state and national conferences and earned a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. He has been featured in the Four States Living Magazine’s “Fabulous 40 Under 40.” 


He was the founding principal of Liberty-Eylau Elementary School where he served nearly 800 students and staff members. 


Dr. Thurston is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, Texas State Teachers’ Association, and Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors’ Association.


Dr. Thurston is currently a school leader with Third Future Schools as the chancellor of Sam Houston Collegiate Preparatory Elementary School with Midland Independent School District in Midland, Texas.



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