Val Brown

Professional Development Trainer

Teaching Tolerance

Gainesville, FL

Valeria P. Brown


Val Brown is a professional development trainer for Teaching Tolerance. Her role primarily includes designing, facilitating, and evaluating anti-bias professional development for educators across the country. For 14 years prior to joining Teaching Tolerance, Val worked in the public K-12 education and higher education sectors as a teacher, instructional coach, district administrator, and professional learning specialist. Her other professional interests include instructional coaching, teacher leadership, and educator pathways.

During her career, she was named the Seminole County District Teacher of the Year (2013) and was honored by the White House Initiative of Educational Excellence for African Americans in Teacher’s Edition (2015) for her work inside and outside of the classroom. In 2015, her work, specifically around teacher leadership, granted Val the opportunity to serve on two panels with Melinda Gates of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2016 she was the part of the largest class of Emerging Leaders for ASCD.

Val received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Florida and holds an M.Ed. from Florida Atlantic University and an M.A. from the University of Central Florida in Multicultural Education and Education Leadership, respectively.

She and her husband Paul, who is also a public school educator and track coach, have a son and daughter and live in Gainesville, FL.

Why I Value Learning Forward

My time on the Board has allowed me to learn from, and with, likeminded leaders committed to advocating high quality educator professional learning to provide all students an equitable education. Even though our full-time responsibilities keep us busy, when we have the opportunity to work on a common goal, it feels as if we’ve worked together every day for years.

— Valeria Brown

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