Superintendent of School strives to enhance facility’s reputation
Houston County Courier
By Tonya Conn
Crockett State School Writer In his free time, the superintendent of Crockett State School builds model railroads and trains and loves anything “Star Trek”. On the job, Donald Brooks, Jr., a 15-year TYC veteran, works to enhance the facility’s reputation. He hopes to provide training and guidance and to strengthen its programs. Brooks enjoys working with the school’s “excellent staff”, and he likes to watch staff promote within the agency. He also believes the small town atmosphere has fostered teamwork at the facility. He was appointed superintendent of Crockett State School last summer, bringing with him years of experience and numerous awards. Prior to working for TYC, Brooks was employed by the Louisiana Department of Corrections – Juvenile Division as a parole officer and he supervised contract care programs. His experience also includes working for two residential treatment centers, the Joy Home for Boys and Rutherford House. Brooks began his TYC career as assistant superintendent of Cottrell House (formerly Dallas House). He was promoted to superintendent of York House (formerly Nueces House), then assistant superintendent of San Saba State School. Brooks then moved to Mary land where he worked for the Correctional Services Corporation as the regional director and the East Region Operational Director. After moving back to Texas, he worked as a Caseworker III at the Corsicana Residential Treatment Center, director of security at West Texas State School, superintendent of Sheffield Boot Camp and superintendent of Victory Field Correctional Academy. In 2004, while superintendent of Victory Field, Brooks was presented with TYC’s prestigious Institutional Team Award, which recognized a corrective action plan designed to improve facility systems and programs. In 2009, Brooks received a Volunteer Spirit Award, which serves to recognize individuals who inspire others through community service. Also in 2009, he was nominated by TYC for ACA’s “Best in the Business” award. Other past honors include “Outstanding Young Man of America” and “Outstanding Staff Member” – North Region (TYC). Brooks holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Grambling State University in Grambling, LA. He enjoys all types of music and has an extensive music collection of tapes, albums, reel-to-reels, CD’s, and DVD’s. Brooks also loves to travel abroad with his wife of almost 20 years, Patricia Brooks, who was recently promoted to dorm supervisor at Crockett State School. Their pride and joy is a toy poodle named Deandre Sebastian Brooks. Crockett State School welcomes the Brooks family to the facility and is optimistic about what they can accomplish together.