Meet Yvette Brown, Academy Charter School
CASTLE ROCK – Science and social studies. Physical education and technology: Yvette Brown has taught it. Finance, operations and academic excellence: Yvette Brown is responsible for it. Greeting students as they walk into school every day: Yvette Brown’s favorite part of her job.
The dean of Academy Charter School (ACS) has been welcoming children as they arrive since 2007. A history enriched by a variety of teaching roles has provided Brown with a well-rounded background of experience to draw from as she leads Colorado’s first charter school.
Q & A with Yvette Brown
What was your first job?
If you had the opportunity to pursue another career, what would you choose?
Advice for a college graduate entering field of teaching?
Who inspires you?
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
What was your favorite subject in high school?
What was your first car?
Favorite store to browse?
Is there something about you that would surprise your colleagues?
Brown received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. She has taught kindergarten, third and sixth grades, and served as a building resource teacher. Brown also taught science, social studies, physical education and technology at the seventh and eighth grade levels.
Her father, an international businessman, encouraged her to expand on her natural ability to pick up foreign languages, and she entered college as a business major. As Brown continued through school, however, it was the influence of of her mother that led to a career in education.
“My mom was a high school teacher of at-risk youth. Her students would come to our house and I was always amazed at how she connected with them,” Brown said. “ I loved to travel and live abroad, but just didn't have a passion for business. I changed my major and became a teacher.”
After teaching for almost a decade, Brown feels she has an understanding of what can happen at different grade levels, as well as the pros and cons of teaching children at different ages. Speaking of her classroom experience, she said, “It helps me to help those teachers at those levels. Since I do have experience, I can talk about what I have experienced and how I handled a variety of situations.”
“Parent involvement also plays a great part at ACS, through active volunteerism at the school and monitoring of homework,” Brown said. “Through the cooperation of parents, teachers, and students, Academy Charter School creates a learning environment that fosters growth in character, high academic achievement and the love of learning resulting in responsible, productive citizens.”
Brown’s personal philosophy aligns well with the environment at ACS. “I think every student is unique and you really need to get to know them, their family and what strengths they have. Once you have this connection, you can help them to make amazing growth and strides.”