Degrees and Certifications:
Miss Christyn M. Brown, MEd, NBCT
DREAM ACADEMY TEACHER - Elgin High School
Cooperative Work Training & APEX Learning Course
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." ~ Malcolm X
"Education develops the intellect; and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures. It is education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and improvement of his life." ~ Haile Selassie
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively, and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~
"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." ~ President Nelson Mandela~
Peace & Learning! My name is Christyn Brown. I am an Infinite Learner, and so are you.
I love helping others to learn, because I know what it's like to struggle with learning...especially math. These days, however, I love teaching about FRACTIONS especially, because they used to frustrate me, but could not defeat me!
The following is an affirmation that we say to help Learners focus:
Infinite Learner Affirmation
Connect and hold fingers for power pose, which represents Infinite Understanding.
Thumb: I am an Infinite Learner.
Index Finger: I am able to unlearn, relearn or learn everything that is needed, right now.
Middle Finger: I have an Infinite Capacity to learn.
Ring Finger: I Learn Infinitely.
Pinky: I Infinitely Learn.
This school year (2021-2022) marks my 17th year teaching, and my 22nd year working with young people. I am especially proud of past struggling readers (of all ages), who now read with confidence and mastery. I am thankful for my teaching experiences with English Language Learners, who did not allow language barriers confusion to threaten their thinking. working the Learners at the Dream Academy as they master study strategies while earning credits towards graduation.
I enjoy literature and grammar, which is why I hold a Bachelors Degree in English Education. I have a Masters in Special Education, which has led me to believe in "Miracle Learning." I am amazed by the learning connections and creations by students, who have experienced significant learning failure. (I earned my Bachelors and Masters degrees from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.)
My main purpose as an educator is to honor the legacy of my great-grandmother, Mrs. Alneater Brown. While earning her teaching certificate at Alcorn College, Lorman, MS, an HBCU (historically Black college/university), she paid tuition by working in the laundry department. Grace, intellect, strength and beauty helped her endure challenges, of which I may never know. I am grateful that being a Black woman during the Jim Crow era, in the South, could not defeat her from gaining knowledge and passing wisdom. I am proud to be a teacher, because of her - Mrs. Alneater Brown.
I am a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Exceptional Education. I hold an English As A Second Language (ESL) endorsement from Morningside College (Oskaloosa, IA). Additionally, I have a certificate for Post-Secondary Learning Disabilities, from St. Ambrose University.
All students are gifted beyond the learning gaps...You are an Infinite Learner!
Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org & 847-888-5000.