It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to a new school year at A.L. Brown High School. There is something special and wonderful about this place. It is found in the hallways, the classrooms and the playing fields. It is witnessed in our caring and dedicated faculty, staff and administration. It is a spirit that fosters excellence in all that we do. I challenge you to set positive goals and to take full advantage of the numerous opportunities that are available to you at A.L. Brown. We are here to assist you in your journey.
Kevin Garay, Principal
A school should be driven by the culture that best serves its students and staff. It is the job of the administration to lead in fostering and maintaining a culture that best exemplifies the values of the people in the school. A. L. Brown has a unique culture, built on tradition, community, family, caring for one another, and innovation in ideas, ways of reaching students, and types of programs. Participating in continuing the shape and develop a school culture as unique as A. L. Brown's is a rewarding experience because everything we accomphlish, our mission, and vision are directly related to who we are and what we value.
BA--Political Science, Concord University
BS-Education, Concord University
MA-School Administration, Gardner-Webb University
WVU College of Law-attendend for one year
Taught for five years--Social Studies
Coached football and baseball
School Administration for eight years
Education, like every other aspect of life, is driven by many things including opportunity, hard work, faith and perseverance. At the center of this is an often excluded driving force called "Attitude." During my professional career, I have seen first hand the impact of attitude on education. The most successful lifelong learners understand that life is 10% what happens to them and 90% how they react to it. Understanding the impact of attitude on the other driving forces of life is paramount to the degree of success one will experience in life.
BS: East Carolina University
MAed: East Carolina University
Curriculum and Instruction
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a safe, secure, caring atmosphere in which to grow academically, socially, and physically. At A.L. Brown High School, we strive to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is rich in technology, supports risk-taking, and advocates collaboration. This is achieved when our teachers act as a guide promoting and fostering a child’s innate curiosity. This philosophy can be best summarized by a quote from William Butler Yeats: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
Emory University - Political Science BA - '89
University of Northern Iowa - Social Science BA - '95
Wingate University - Masters in Education Leadership - '10
National Board Certification, AYA Social Studies
15 years teaching experience
Coached Cross Country and Track and Field
I believe that education is a unique experience for every student who enters a school. In order for children to benefit from what schools offer, I think that educators and all stakeholders must fully understand the importance of their job. First, I believe that educators must consider teaching to be a privilege, not just a job, because an educator's goals for his/her students include much more than to relay facts to students. As professionals who are entrusted with the education of young minds, educators must facilitate learning and growth academically, personally, and ethically. By providing a quality education to each individual in one's classroom, a teacher equips children with the tools necessary to be successful in life.
Bachelors Special Education (K-12) Severe, Learning Disabled and BED- Appalachian State University
Masters (School Administration) Gardner Webb University
Currently pursuing Ed.d degree from Wingate University
I worked in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for 15 years and I am currently in my 8th year with Kannapolis City Schools
9th & 10th grade