Masons present YWLA principal Community Builder Award

Masons present YWLA principal Community Builder Award

Delia McLerran shows off her 2013 Community
Builder Award, presented for her contributions as
YWLA principal.


Delia McLerran has been recognized for the outstanding accomplishments that the Young Women's Leadership Academy has achieved under her leadership.

The 23-year educator recently was presented the Grand Lodge of Texas' Community Builder Award "for distinguished service and personal commitment to San Antonio" during a ceremony at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

Five local Masonic lodges joined together in nominating McLerran for the honor.

"It is very humbling to have our efforts in building our future leaders recognized," she said.

"My commitment is to create a learning environment at YWLA that allows my students to build their self-esteem, their pathways to college and career, and consequently, build a stronger San Antonio community."

McLerran - in her third year as YWLA principal - was nominated by a lodge member who was impressed by the school.

The accolade pays tribute to non-Masons who have made notable contributions to their communities and have not sought recognition for their accomplishments. The award presenter is the world's oldest and largest male fraternal organization, which also is known for educational and charitable endeavors.

Among YWLA's highlights include achieving the state's highest accountability rating of exemplary throughout its existence.