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Courtney Allison Brown

Courtney Allison Brown

Name: Courtney Allison Brown
School: Thrive Academy
City: Baton Rouge
State: Louisiana
Grade(s): 9th – 10th
Subject(s): English

What quote inspires you?
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi

What is your favorite color and why?
Green. It symbolizes life.

What is your favorite piece of furniture in your classroom?

How would you describe your teaching style?
Engaging, exciting and relationally relevant…Because the socio-cultural environment of any classroom is important, I make it a point to build relationships with my students, to establish positive rapport and to make connections between their experiences and those we are having through literature.

When did you know you wanted to become a teacher?
Interestingly enough, I don’t know exactly when I decided that teaching was for me! I was a counselor and foster care case manager for years prior to teaching. Post [Hurricane] Katrina, I placed my son in school and spent so much time on campus with him that I decided to start substitute teaching. I was promoted to a para professional position. My principal, upon a third grade teacher quitting, asked me to fill in. The rest is history!!!

What is your favorite lesson/unit to teach?
Narrative writing of course!

What is your greatest challenge in teaching?
The greatest challenge that I’ve had is being subjected to mandates that are driven by standardized tests. Sometimes, these decisions are not always best for children. Educational reforms considered, there must be a way to measure student achievement, but tests are not the only way.

If you could have a career other than a teacher, what would it be?
Writing and consulting. I do those things in my spare time already.

What’s something your students probably don’t know about you?
My students think I’m an extrovert. I’m actually an introvert.

If a student were to remember something about your class 50 years from now, what do you hope it would be?
I hope that they remember that they were loved and accepted.

What are your three favorite books?
1. The Color Purple
2. A Step Farther and Higher
3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Which do you prefer:

pen or pencil

coffee or tea

morning or afternoon

packed lunch or hot lunch

faculty meeting or dentist


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