“I’m a runner, and I was out running. Gene Burr was the Central principal and he saw me,” Brown recalls. “He stopped and asked what my plans were. I told him I didn’t have a job. He drove me to my home and said ‘get cleaned up and come see me in my office.’”
The interview that day ended with an offer to teach history at Central, a position he held for four years.
He helped open Westmoore High in 1988 and the next school year was named an assistant principal at Moore’s Highland East Junior High.
He recalls applying for an administrative job in Putnam City schools, and was told “you need to learn more about middle schools.” He took that advice and enrolled in a course at the University of Oklahoma. When a job opened in Putnam City a year later, he was ready.
“I told him I had followed his advice and took a course in middle schools. I guess that impressed him,” Brown said.
What followed was five years as principal at a Putnam City middle school. In 2005, he was offered the position of director of secondary education.
“I had always wanted to return to Norman,” he said.
Juggling his responsibilities as a husband, father and an educator, Brown worked steadily on his own education, earning a masters degree in education administration and a doctorate in educational leadership.
Brown would like to be remembered as having a “servant” attitude.
“I want to do whatever I can to make the learning experience better,” Brown said.
In his 30 years as an educator, he has seen vast changes, particularly in the area of technology. But no change is more troubling than that of needing to provide enhanced security for students and employees. Thinking back to his own school years, Brown said that he never worried about school shootings.