Dr. Angela's Corner

Angela Parsons, Ph.D.
J. Graham Brown School Principal

Dear Brown School Family,

As principal of the J. Graham Brown School, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. I'm honored and thrilled to lead a dynamic school community where teachers and staff cultivate an atmosphere where students achieve and believe in themselves, and family members are actively engaged! Your input, feedback, and support are critical to my leadership of the teaching and learning environment, and above all to the success of your child in our school.

My excitement comes from working with young people and their families for the past 21 years. This is my 14th year as a member of the J. Graham Brown School family, where I've served as the principal, assistant principal, and proud parent. As an instructional leader, my vision involves building a positive school culture where shared leadership and decision making are valued, while honoring the legacy and spirit of Brown's history. Without a doubt, I believe that all students will learn and perform at high levels when given an effective, nurturing learning environment; teachers are provided equitable resources and support systems; and parents are embraced as school community members.

At the Brown, the focus of our Self-Directed Learning environment is two-fold. First, we provide an academically rigorous curriculum where students are expected to perform at a level that may seem to be beyond their limits. However, we do so in an environment in which it's okay to not be perfect the first time you try something. Sometimes, students are afraid to take risks for fear of failure; we teach students that learning happens through perseverance, self-responsibility, collaborative feedback, and work ethic. Secondly, we understand that ultimately we want all our students to contribute to the greater good. For that reason, our value system is based on a culture of tolerance, compassion, and mutual respect. As a magnet school, our academic program is driven by four themes: Independence, Empathy, Initiative, and Innovation. Graduates of the J. Graham Brown School are college-bound young people who will go on to make a positive impact on our global society. Our hope is that all Brown School students forge "reasoned minds and educated hearts" of self-directed lifelong learners.

Our academic performance is impressive. All three levels of our school are consistently ranked among the top schools in our district, state, and nation. We have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a gold and silver level school numerous times. Each year we produce a high percentage of Governor's Scholars, and participants in both the Governor's School for the Arts and Governor's School for Entrepreneurs. We have National Merit Semi-Finalists and Finalists. Our students place at the state level in academic competitions, attend the Gatton Academy and the Craft Academy, and work in cooperative education positions throughout our city. We are known for producing "million dollar scholars", seniors with more than $1 million in scholarship offers each year. Brown School students consistently win state and national level writing and visual art contests, and earn distinguished ratings for their musical performances. Our juniors and seniors enroll in dual-credit courses at several local colleges and universities. Athletically, we bring home trophies and regional/state titles in several sports and have student athletes each year go on to compete at the collegiate level. However, our greatest strength lies in the Brown School's unique culture, which makes it possible for students to feel welcomed and valued as members of our school family.

We embrace the challenges of the future while we continue to cherish and celebrate the traditions of the past. Our remarkable staff, involved parents, and committed students come together to make the J. Graham Brown School a wonderful and unique place. I'm looking forward to working with all Brown School family members as we advance through an academically successful school year.


Dr. Angela