Principal's Bio

About Principal Darden

Originally from Waco, Texas, Leon Darden brings over 15 years of educational experience serving students from low socio-economic backgrounds. He believes that every child deserves an education that matches their limitless potential, not the condition of their neighborhood.


Darden began his career as an educator in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, with experiences ranging from the Juvenile Justice Charter to several school districts in the area. Due to his passion for instruction, over 80% of his students consistently experienced growth in math, reading, and English. Prior to receiving his master’s degree in education administration, Darden also enjoyed success as a middle school football and track coach for much of his classroom career, helping to develop well-rounded student athletes.


Recently, Darden was principal at Chilton Secondary School for students in grades 6 through 12. Darden brought an integrated leadership style where he developed and trained staff to become vested, confident leaders themselves. As a result, Chilton Secondary received seven academic distinction designations in two years. Also while in Chilton, Darden was appointed as a member of the McLennan Community College Alternative Teacher Certification Advisory Board. Immediately prior to joining DeSoto ISD, Darden was principal at a local charter elementary, rounding out his administrative experience at all grade levels. Darden, a resident of DeSoto, is a graduate of Baylor University with a B.A. in Public Relations, and Concordia University – Austin where he was inducted into the Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society. 

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