ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT – Takeiyah B. Brown
Name: Takeiyah B. Brown
High School Attended: Mount Vernon High School
Year of High School Graduation: June 2013
Name of College(s) and Degrees Held:
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (2019), English – Technical Writing, BA
SUNY Cobleskill (2015), Early Childhood Education, AAS
Current Job Title, if applicable:
Special Education Teacher at Bronx River High School
Describe what you are doing now (college/work)
I am currently attending RELAY Graduate School of Education to obtain my master’s in special education (7-12th grade), dual-cert Gen-education (5-9) and working towards my state certifications. I graduate with my masters this Spring 2021. I am a 9th and 10th grade special education teacher at Bronx River High School. And I am a cheer coach at Castle Hill Middle School.
How did your education in the MVCSD prepare you for your future?
Receiving my education in MVCSD prepared me to be resilient and determined for whatever I may face academically and mentally. My teachers taught me how to never indulge in self-doubt and advocate for myself. One particular teacher I would love to give my respect and positive vibrations to is the late and beloved Ms. Fontaine, and her family, who was my 12th grade English teacher. She gathered me with sternness, love, and reminded me every day it is okay to be who I am and let that shine! I will forever be thankful for her and hope to leave that same imprint with my students.
What are your hopes for the future?
My future hopes are to either become a primary/secondary school administrator or own my own childcare business. Lastly, I hope to travel and give back to the youth of Mount Vernon as a mentor.
What message would you like to give to current MVCSD students?
My advice for current MVCSD is, to my young KINGS & QUEENS, high school or maybe even life may take you through some interesting storms but know that your current situation is NEVER your final destination! Continue to set goals and work to achieve them because it is always worth it, and YOU are always worth it. Keep Shining!
What has been your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is graduating from THE BEST HBCU in the Nation, The illustrious North Carolina A&T State University with honors, Summa Cum Laude, as a first-generation college graduate. I came a very long way!
Was there a class or club that influenced your career path?
Being a part of the MVHS Cheer team and some of my teachers throughout my MVCSD education journey influenced me to become a teacher.