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John A. Brown, Sr.

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John Alan Brown, Sr, is a lifelong and proud native of New Orleans. He is a graduate of Walter L. Cohen, Class of 1966. After high school, John left New Orleans to pursue his educational and athletic aspirations at Winston-Salem State University. While at Winston-Salem, he was a member of the football and track programs. John earned his Business Education Bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem in 1970, and a M. Ed. Special Education/School Administration from the University of New Orleans in 1977.

John’s passion for educating young inner city youth led him back to his hometown of New Orleans. His career in education started at Rabouin High School in 1970 before he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1971. After receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1973, he returned home to work as a Supervisor/Coach for the New Orleans Recreational Department (NORD). John spent countless hours at St. Roch Playground implementing recreational programs for area youth, many of which have developed to be not only productive and contributing citizens of our community but also prominent leaders. Later that year, he returned to a teaching position at Fortier High School, where he served as a Special Education Business Ed teacher and Administrative Assistant for 8 ½ years.

A retired OPSB educator of 30 years, John has remained committed to the needs and challenges of OPSB and the broader educational landscape. Prior to his retirement in 2003, John served as Principal of Alcee Fortier High School, Harriet Tubman Elementary School and Phillips Junior High School. John was selected as Principal of the Year for the 1991-1992 and 1999-2000 school years, respectively. Prior to that time, he served as Assistant Principal of Joseph S. Clark High School, and as Administrative Intern to his mentor, the late Dr. Norward Roussell.

In April 2006, John returned to New Orleans after eight months in Chicago, Illinois following Hurricane Katrina. His decision to return home was purely out of a strong desire to see New Orleans reach higher, envision greater and be better than ever before. Upon his return, John joined the School Leadership Center (SLC) of Greater New Orleans as its Fellows Director, the mission of which is to inspire and develop instructional leadership among principals and other educators, thereby advancing student achievement In the schools of those school leaders. Over the past 10 years, he has visited with and come to know more than 300 of the principals and assistant school leaders from Orleans and surrounding parishes who enrolled and completed the SLC Fellows Leadership Program.

John is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a brotherhood and service organization for which he continues to actively serve as President (Polemarch) of the New Orleans Alumni Chapter. He also serves as Chairman of a mentoring program at Lake Area High, a collaboration between Urban League of Greater New Orleans and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., as well as the RPGA Chairman for an annual benefit golf tournament benefiting Children’s Hospital. John is also a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. John and his wife of over 43 years, Wynella, have three children, Jawan (Henry), Jade (Donnie) and John, Jr.; and three grandchildren, Honree, Jadon and Dorsett.

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