New Principal Profile Q&A: Kristie Brown, Garrett Middle School

Question: Why are you excited about joining the Garrett school community? 

Answer: “I’m very proud and excited to join the Garrett Middle School community and continue down the school’s road of success. I have been working at South Cobb High School for the past three years. Most students from Garrett feed into South Cobb. So, I’m looking forward to continuing that relationship with the community and getting to know the parents, teachers, and students. I’m also looking forward to returning to middle school. Middle school is a challenging time for students, but I also believe that it is a time when we can impact them for the better. We can show them all the available opportunities and inspire them. We can help them through the challenging time and help them be more successful in school and life.” 

Question: What do you like the most about being an educator? 

Answer: “As a former middle school math teacher, I loved when students were struggling through a problem and suddenly the light bulb went on, and they said, ‘I understand it! I get it now!’ Math is a struggle for some and to see a student become successful after struggling in the past always made my day. It made teaching math worthwhile. I also enjoy seeing my current and former students out in public. It is nice to see how they have grown from middle school students into young adults.” 

Question: Why did you decide to become an educator?  

Answer: “I believe that education will change the course of your life. I’m the first member of my family to go to college, and I have seen firsthand how that will open many doors. My parents taught me a lot about hard work and determination. I wanted to do the same. I wanted to challenge and to inspire students and show them and tell them that they can do the same thing. Whether they go through a training program, college or straight into a career path, education will change your life and offer you so many more opportunities.” 

Question: Outside school, where might students, parents or staff members find you? 

Answer: My husband and I enjoy trying new restaurants and going on new adventures in the community. We also love to travel. When we run into former and current students, I love for them to come up and speak with me. I volunteer at a nursing home. So, they may see me out in the community giving back. I also look forward to continuing to attend some of the South Cobb sporting events, and I want to get the Garrett students involved in attending those too.”