Misty Brown has always wanted to teach.

“I have always loved school and my teachers, and I have the utmost respect for them and the example they set for me,” said the 2018 MCHS Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Brown is a 2001 graduate of MCHS, and says her favorite high school memories definitely include sports. She is very competitive and loved spending the time with her teammates, playing softball all four years at MCHS. She also played basketball and volleyball, sang in the Jazzcats for 3 years, and was selected to the MCHS Hall of Fame.

Brown met her future husband, Dustin, when they were at softball and baseball camps, respectively. As a freshman, she was not allowed to date, so senior Dustin had to wait until she turned 16 to ask her out.

“It was a long year-and-a-half wait,” Brown joked. The two went to eat at Rob Lobster and watched Varsity Blues when they finally did get to go out. The couple married in 2002, and have four children.

After graduation, Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Freed-Hardeman University, then a Master’s in Special Education. She has also completed +30 hours in Administration at Freed-Hardeman and UT Martin.

With 13 years experience in education, all at MCHS, Brown has seen some changes since her days on the Hill.

“Students definitely have a lot more opportunities to be a part of a group. There are several new programs such as robotics and manufacturing. The school spirit has changed, too! I know we left some pretty big shoes to fill, but the spirit doesn’t even come close to comparing to that of the class of 2001. The students [today] could definitely beef it up in that department! “ said Brown.

Brown also feels that “we are tested to death. I know testing is necessary, but not to the extent that it is done. I believe that the people who are making these decisions are out of touch with the reality of day-to-day school. The excessive testing is changing the way we teach our students, and I don’t think that it is for the better.”

Teaching Algebra and Geometry in the Special Ed Department means that Brown has most of her students all four years. She says they become like her own children and know she would do anything to help them.

“I have a connection with almost all of my students because of the amount of time I spend with them. I have some, however, that depend on me more than others. One of my seniors this year has become like a second son; I feel like my own child will be graduating. When he has a success at school, he comes straight to me to let me know. I am very proud of him and the accomplishments he has made this year,” said Brown.

Brown says seeing her students succeed reaffirms she is where she is supposed to be. She enjoys seeing students after they graduate and hearing about how successful they are becoming.

“I want to do for my students what my teachers did for me. You can lose everything you have, but no one can ever take away your education. It is yours forever.”

by Lisa Forsythe