April 06, 2017

Love of music inspires 31-year educator and graduate school alumnus

During his 31 years in education, Don Brown of Oregon Trail Academy (OTA) has served in administrative as well as specialist roles, but says teaching always calls him back.
  • Don Brown teaches his fourth-grade class about government by having them create a mock United Nations.
    POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN

During his 31 years in education, Don Brown of Oregon Trail Academy (OTA) has served in administrative as well as specialist roles, but says teaching always calls him back.

Last year, Brown heeded that call and now teaches fourth grade at the academy, a position he became aware of from his long-time friend and colleague, OTA Director Ginger Redlinger.

Redlinger and Brown worked together in Oregon City and were both associated with the Oregon Science Teachers Association.

With his move to the academy, he hoped to return to teaching to refresh his perspective after working as a manager for a software company that designed online curriculum.

Brown got his start in education as a music teacher after studying music education at the University of Oregon. He received a master’s degree in teaching from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, along with a school administration certificate from Portland State University and his doctorate from the University of Oregon.

Read the full article as published in the Sandy Post on Pamplin Media Group’s website.