Brown takes reins

By David Talley | Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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Strolling through the halls of Alvord High School, new superintendent Dr. Randy Brown doesn’t look like this is his first day on the job.

Dr. Randy Brown

With 23 years of education experience, including stints as an assistant principal and principal in Levelland and superintendent at Motley County, Coahoma and Snyder, the West Texas native said Alvord was a perfect fit.

“We like small schools,” he said. “We like this part of Texas. We’re close to the Metroplex without being right in the middle of it, and we really like the lakes and the trees that we don’t have in West Texas.”

Brown said he grew up in Levelland. After playing football for Eastern New Mexico University, he began teaching and coaching and eventually returned to school at Texas A&M Commerce to earn a master’s degree and Texas Tech University for his doctorate.

Brown said his early experience in the classroom taught him about the importance of personal growth. He hopes to carry that over into his new role at Alvord.

“As a first-year teacher, I didn’t know a whole lot,” he said. “I taught for nine years. By that ninth year, I was a lot better. I had colleagues and administrators that helped me get better through staff development and watching them work. I think that’s what our goal is – each year we want everyone to be that little bit better.”

Brown said that means putting value into everyone involved in the education process.

“As educators, I don’t think any of us would be in this if it wasn’t for the kids,” Brown said. “But what I’ve learned over the years is that we always have to care – both about the kids and each other.”

With two children of his own, Brown’s investment in promoting that attitude plays a role in how he plans to carry out his job.

“What my job is as superintendent is to make sure our kids are successful but also to make sure our staff is successful,” he said. “That’s what gratifies me. I want my kids to be in a good district.”

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