Living and Leaving a Positive Legacy | Dr. Nathanial Hearne

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Dr. Nathanial Hearne is the President and Founder of Made Up Minds and The Euless Loaves and Fishes Foundation. Through these organizations, Dr. Hearne provides training and programs to reach at-risk youth for the purpose of strengthening character, teaching leadership skills, and increasing school attendance. This helps set them up for success in life.

Dr. Hearne’s background in this field is extensive. He began his career in education in the Ector County Independent School District (ECISD), where he worked for 18 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator.

While in Ector County, he was an assistance coach for the Permian High School football team, which won the 1989 State and National Championship. Permian High School was the subject of the National Bestselling book Friday Night Lights and a subsequent movie and television series by the same name.

Dr. Hearne was named Outstanding Principal of the Year for Region 18 in 1993-94, and Assistant Principal of the Year for HEBISD in 2008. He served as an assistant principal at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas for four years, and as assistant principal of the Discipline Alternative Education Program for five years. Inhis last five years in the district, he served as the Student Attendance Specialist and Director over the HEBISD’s Truancy Department. In December 2010, the Dropout Prevention Program Dr. Hearne initiated in the HEBISD was recognized by Texas School Business magazine as the “best dropout prevention program in the state.”

Dr. Hearne is the former Assistant Executive Director of the Greater Dallas/Ft. Worth Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Among his duties at FCA, he conducted the pre-game chapel services for university football teams including University of Oklahoma, Texas Christian University, University of Tulsa, University of Idaho, University of Louisiana, and Louisiana Tech.

Dr. Hearne is married to Callie, a recently retired Assistant Superintendent over the Human Resource Department for the HEBISD. They have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. They presently reside in Arlington, Texas.

Dr. Hearne’s passion is to mentor and build leadership skills, particularly in those who have a direct influence over the lives of youth. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop leader for kids or youth gatherings, graduations, men’s conferences, coaching, and leadership events. His engaging, straightforward manner, combined with his heart for character growth, leaves his audience inspired to be better, live with purpose, and embrace their calling.

Dr. Hearne and Callie attend Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. They are the lead trainers for Gateway’s ID Coaching Program, in which they work within the body of Christ to guide people to develop their personal vision and mission statements and align them to serve joyfully and purposefully to build God’s kingdom.

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