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September 04, 2005|By Liz F. Kay

Jallon Brown

Occupation: Principal of KIPP Harbor Academy, a public charter school in Edgewater.

In the news: Brown led the yearlong effort to start the school, the first charter to open in Anne Arundel County. KIPP, which stands for Knowledge is Power Program, is a national chain of charters dedicated to helping under-served middle-schoolers reach college. Brown and other KIPP staffers spent the summer recruiting children from public housing in Annapolis - when they weren't meeting with county school officials.

Career highlights: Brown, who has degrees from the College of William & Mary and George Washington University, taught seventh-grade language arts in Virginia and elementary school in Maryland for eight years. KIPP schools around the country all have extended school days with occasional Saturday sessions and summer school, but principals choose the curricula. "I thought it was a great way to be able to affect educational change," she said. Brown became a Fisher Fellow in the KIPP school leadership program in 2003, attending classes at the University of California, Berkeley and serving residencies at KIPP schools in the Bronx, N.Y., and Houston. She wanted to start a second KIPP school in Baltimore, but when the city school system's financial troubles developed, she served as an interim principal in Memphis, Tenn., before redirecting her mission in Annapolis.

Personal: Brown was born outside Chicago and attended high school in Chesapeake, Va. The 31-year-old Hanover resident has a son, 7-month-old Malachi. She returned from her honeymoon in Aruba with her husband, Philip Croskey, a week before classes started Monday. Philosophy: "With a lot of hard work and a lot of support, every child can learn and be successful and feel good about what they're doing in school."

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