New PVHS principal wants kids to be proud
By Alex Headley
This year, Pinson Valley High School has a new principle, Dr. Terrence Brown. This will be Brown’s first time in the top seat but he has served as assistant principal at several schools.
“I want kids to be proud of Pinson Valley,” Brown said. “We can be a nationally recognized school. It’s an exciting school because it is so significant to the community. This is my opportunity to provide for the community.”
Brown worked as an assistant principal at Clay-Chalkville High School and Homewood High School for two years each. He also served five year at Gardendale High School. Before that he taught science at Clay-Chalkville for almost six years.
Brown’s main goal this year is to build excitement about the school.
“I want the kids excited to be here, that’s the big thing.” Brown said.
Brown wants to build excitement within the community at large as well.
“We have people in the community that are helping,” he said. “We just need more of them.”
To build that excitement, the school is looking to bring back tailgating at athletic events and is looking forward to community involvement in athletics.
“We have to celebrate academics too,” he said. We have lots of kids that can do very well. We have to project that outwardly.”
Brown said the job can he hard work, but is also fun.
“Education is the great equalizer,” Brown said. “Post-secondary education is important to this generation. Kids need to be able to transfer jobs. We have to build those basic survival skills.”
Brown is a native of Mobile, Alabama. Brown has a degree in physics but found his way into education after college.
“Education called to me because I had teachers that brought me along every step of the way,” he said. “You never know what these kids can do. I want them to have choices.”
Brown, a father of two, believes that everyone should have access to quality education. His parents taught for 35 years each.
“If we genuinely love children, even the ones that are hard to love, we can do good things.” Brown said. “We have to always treat people fair, with dignity and respect.”