Meet Mr. Brown

I grew up in Kansas City where my mother and brother still live and where my brother is a Pediatrician. We always shared a fondness for children, so it is no coincidence that we both entered professions in which kids are our prime focus.

Brown County Ag MuseumAfter having several different kinds of jobs I enrolled at University of Kansas at the age of 30. There I completed my teaching degree in 1986 with an emphasis in social studies. I spent the next two eye opening years teaching fifth grade at Na’Neelzhiin Ji’ Olta on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. I returned to Lawrence and began substitute teaching in area school districts. I must have done well because I was hired here in USD #343, a district in which I had many of my subbing jobs. I taught a 2nd/3rd combination class in Lecompton for two years beginning in 1991, then was transferred to Grantville when it was still a K-4 elementary school. I taught a straight third grade there for one year, then back to a 2nd/3rd combination for two more years. I returned to LES in 1995 to teach fourth grade.

I retired from full time teaching at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. I began subbing the following year, thinking that I’d just work a few days a week. I quickly found that I love it so much that I might as well teach as many days as I could. So, that’s what I’ve done ever since.

When I’m not at school, I’m at home outside of Tonganoxie with my wife, Cheryl. Cheryl is a website designer and technology consultant and works in her home office. When I’m home I’m usually exploring the internet; playing harmonica or ukulele, gardening, reading, working around the house, listening to music, or watching DVDs. We have cats named Angela and Archie.

Be sure to visit my links page, to explore some of the research and educational game links I collected for my students use.