Geraldine A. Taylor-Brown is a Senior Academic Facilitator for REACH and is available to work with potential clients. As a SAF, Geri works directly with REACH clients to provide face-to-face, electronic, and phone consultation aligned to leadership development and school improvement efforts.
Geri recently retired as the High School Superintendent serving and supporting over 80 schools in The Bronx and Manhattan. In this position she selected and appointed new principals, supervised and rated her 80 plus principals, and contributed to establishing supervisory procedures, practices and guidelines to more efficiently and effectively supervise high school principals.
She previously served as one of the Directors of School Quality in the Division of Performance and Accountability. In this position, she worked collaboratively with her fellow colleagues to oversee the Quality Review process. She shared responsibilities in leading Quality Reviews, developing and facilitating training, reading reviews for quality assurance, monitoring the fieldwork of reviewers, and (most notably) she worked collaboratively with colleagues in the development of a joint school review process and a “crosswalk” review rubric!
Geri worked, at the NYC Department of Education’s Central Office, in the Office of Portfolio Development as the Director of School Reform and Support contributing to the support of phase-out schools, training leaders of new small schools, and monitoring and reviewing charter schools. She has also held the position of Local Instructional Superintendent in the former Region 7 in School Districts 20, 21 and 31. She is the former principal of August Martin High School in Queens.
Geri has a rich background as a pre-K through college educator. She received tenure as the Director of Guidance of Farmingdale Public Schools (K-12) and as a guidance counselor at both Thomas Jefferson High School and Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School. Other past employment includes Assistant Principal of Pupil Personnel Services at Jamaica High School, Counselor at the NSSFNS/Queens Talent Search Program, Assistant Education Director at the South Jamaica Center for Children and Parents, Inc., preschool teacher, college adjunct professor and high school teacher. With each new employment experience, she grew as she helped develop, organize and implement programs and projects that helped children and their families.
Geri’s life of service extends beyond her employment. She has offered services, through her talents and gifts, to her church. Geri has attended the Presbyterian Church of St. Albans for 50 years. As a youngster she attended Sunday School classes, Vacation Bible School and enjoyed singing in both the Junior Choir and the Westminister Choir (teenage choir). She fully participated in the church’s Christian Endeavor (youth group) and recalls delivering the Easter Sunrise Service message at Hempstead Lake State Park when she was 16 years old! Upon returning home from college, she immediately assumed leadership of the church’s teenage choir and renamed the choir The Ebony Voices. Under her leadership the choir sang throughout the country including the Synod of the Northeast Conference and the “Black Presbyterians United (BPU)” national meetings. Geri has committedly served in numerous church positions including: Director of Vacation Bible School, member of the Christian Education Commission, Director of the New Vision Choir, Co-Moderator of Presbyterian Women, Member of the Social Justice Team, Assistant Director of Theater of the Living Word productions and as a Ruling Elder of the church.
Geri’s motivation to serve come from her South Carolina roots. Her ancestral church, Melina Presbyterian Church, is located in Gable, SC. She is the youngest of three sisters and is the wife of Keith Brown for 39 years. This couple speaks proudly of their three children, son-in-law and two daughters-in-law and seven sensational grandchildren!
Geraldine is completing her doctoral studies as a student at Nova Southeastern University. She is a graduate of Syracuse University; and, received her master’s degrees from Long Island University and Bank Street College. She is credentialized as a Child Development Associate through Teacher’s College, and completed the Paideia Institute certificate program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Geri has adopted the following quote by J. Donald Walters, as her motivation: “The secret of leadership is to think of your position as an opportunity to serve, not as a trumpet call to self-importance.” She has coupled this saying with the following scripture: “For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” – Galatian 5:13.
In her quest to continue to serve others Geri just acquired certification as a “Shape Up NYC” Instructor through the New York City Department of Parks. She currently teaches two classes: “Sit and Be Fit – Low Impact Aerobics for Seniors”, and “Senior Dance Fitness.”
She looks forward to continuing her journey of service!