Mr. Brown is a lifelong leader in education, not a politician. He has launched his campaign for re-election to the Orleans Parish School Board - District 1 because he believes that our kids and teachers matter. His life's work has shown a deep commitment in endurance that kids are given the tools that they need to grow. Principal Brown has led four (4) public schools, twice receiving the honor of Principal of the Year. Coach Brown has been a trusted community leader for decades, serving as a mentor to our kids at St. Roch Playground and developing over 300 principals and assistant school leaders. After Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Brown was determined to help develop and strengthen our community. Because he is a trusted leader, Mr. Brown was elected by his peers to serve an unprecedented three terms as President of the Orleans Parish School Board. With your support, Mr. Brown will continue to serve as a thoughtful, solutions-oriented, and independent representative for the Lower 9 and New Orleans East.
John and his wife live in New Orleans East and have three children, Jawan (Henry), Jade (Donnie), and John, Jr.; and three grandchildren, Honree, Jadon and Dorsett.
Former Principal of Alcee Fortier Senior High, Phillips Junior High, Harriet Tubman Elementary and Frederick Douglass High
Former Assistant Principal at J. F. Clark High and Rabouin Junior High
2-Time Principal of the Year
3-term President of the Orleans Parish School Board
First to call for delay of in-person learning in wake of COVID-19
Led efforts to require parents on all charter boards
Championed later school bus pickup times for students
U.S. Army Veteran
Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Coach and mentor at St. Roch Playground - New Orleans Recreational Dept.
Mentored and trained over 100 prinicipals and assistant principals
University of New Orleans, M.Ed. School Administration/Special Education 1977
Winston-Salem State University, Bachelors of Science, Business Education 1970
Walter L. Cohen Sr. High School 1966
District 1 Board Member, Orleans Parish School Board, March 2015 - Present
Director of Fellows Program, School Leadership Center 2006 - 2015
Principal, 1983 - 2003
Assistant Principal 1981 - 1983
Teacher, 1970 - 1971 and 1973 - 1981
Principal of the Year, 1991-1992 and 1999 - 2000
Former Park Supervisor and Coach, St. Roch Playground
RPGA Chairman, Children's Hospital Annual Benefit
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Member
U.S. Army Veteran