When Stephany Brown was growing up, she had big dreams: one day become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
She managed to get a job as an executive assistant to the vice president of a large corporation. During the summer, a teacher came to work to earn extra money, and the two quickly got to know each other. As they got to know each other, Brown’s coworker suggested she would make a great teacher.
“All five of my good girlfriends were teachers,” Brown said. “I was reluctant to apply to a teaching program because it wasn’t what I wanted to do.”
Now, 16 years later, Brown is beginning her first school year as assistant principal at Carson Elementary.
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“My role is really a win-win,” Brown said. “I’m a manager like I always wanted to be, and I’m following my higher calling into education.”
Prior to joining the Puyallup School District, Brown worked for the Clover Park School District for seven years in various roles including teaching, dean of students, a technology educator and a transportation liaison.
With her own experience as a new teacher in the forefront of her mind, Brown hopes to lead the school by example. Last week, she was assembling goodie boxes of things first-year teachers need to start the school year right.
“A closed hand can’t give,” Brown said. “I remember when I first started teaching and I had nothing, so it’s just a small token of our gratitude.”
Prior to accepting the job in the Puyallup School District, Brown said she declined two other job offers. When Puyallup called, she had no hesitation.
“Sometimes you’re unsure to take a new job, but there was no hesitation,” Brown said. “It was confirmation it was the right thing.”
As Brown is getting settled into her new district and role, she says Puyallup has been nothing but welcoming.
“Around here, people have nothing but nice things to say about Puyallup,” Brown said. “It is truly living up to the name. It’s the most progressive and positive district that I’ve worked for.”
Brown and Principal Judy Piger will split class observations, meeting with parents and working with students, taking on more of a team approach to leading Carson Elementary.
“Normally the assistant principal deals with discipline,” Brown said. “My role is more than just discipline. We have close to 1,000 students here at Carson to watch over.”