Rosette J. Brown Retired After 40-Year Career as Educator in Brevard County
Rosette J. Brown, a native of Cocoa, retired from Brevard Public Schools on June 30 after an outstanding 40-year career as a guidance counselor, language arts teacher, dean, assistant principal of curriculum and principal. Her public school education included Poinsett Elementary (currently McNair Magnet School), Monroe High School, Kennedy Middle School and Rockledge High School.
“It is so fulfilling to serve as principal in the same building that I attended first through sixth grade,” said Ms. Brown. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education.
Immediately following her college graduation, Ms. Brown earned a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. After relocating to Brevard County, she furthered her education by achieving another Master’s Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale.
In her role as principal of McNair Magnet School, Ms. Brown affectionately refers to all of her students as her “babies.” In the local community, they refer to her as the “Walking Principal.” At the end of the school day, Brown walked several blocks with her students as a means of maintaining a healthy, productive relationship with all stakeholders. McNair was recognized as a School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America in 2008 and 2016. The school also received a multi-million dollar federally-funded STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) grant. McNair was honored as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Highly Certified Site in 2014 and won the Florida Power Library School Award in 2009, 2012 and 2015. It is quite evident that Ms. Brown genuinely cares about her school and community.
While working in the educational field, Ms. Brown received the following awards and recognitions: September 1986 – McNair’s Teacher of the Year; September 1997 – Brevard’s Top Assistant Principal by Brevard Federation of Teachers Union; August 2004 – Featured in Brevard Ebony News, In the Spotlight – Our African- American Principals: Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today; March 2006 – Featured in Florida Today newspaper- -My Life as a School Principal; June 2006 – Middle School Principal of the Year for the Brevard County School District; 2009 – Space Coast Onyx Award Recipient; 2016 – Educator of the Year, Melbourne-Palm Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; 2017 – Magnet Schools of America Region 3 Principal of the Year (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).
Ms. Brown has been the principal of McNair Magnet School for the past 16 years. Under her exemplary leadership, McNair Magnet School progressed from a “C” to an “A” school grade and maintained the “A” status for 10 years.
In the community, Ms. Brown is a member of: National Congress of Black Women, Zion Orthodox Primitive Baptist Church Scholarship Committee, Central Brevard NAACP, Central Brevard Chapter of Florida A&M Alumni Association, Brevard County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Democratic Women of Central Brevard.
Rosette J. Brown was honored with the Space Coast Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The second annual Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held inside the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. In every community there are great men and women who have, by their strength of will and character, become ingrained in the consciousness of our society. They are doers who have made a stand and a commitment for the common good. They are labeled as public servants, but they are truly our natural leaders whose legacies are the milestones of our progress. Rosette J. Brown’s exemplary commitment and service in education and the community more than qualifies her as one of these leaders.