Olivia Brown

Olivia Brown

Assistant Administrator


Orange County Conservation Corps Charter School

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I made education a priority because my mother was a foster youth and my father couldn't read.
I set out to be a teacher.
I taught High School English for 8 years.
Then I decided that I wanted to make different kinds of changes and became an administrator.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
El Rancho High School
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
California State University-Fullerton
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
Whittier College
certification
Certification/License
Teaching Credential
certification
Certification/License
Administrative Credential
Career

Career

Assistant Administrator

I help high school drop outs earn their High School Diploma.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

A great day at work consists of classes filled with students, teachers engaging students, and the tangible gratitude from our students who appreciate getting a second chance. We are a very small school with approximately 90 students ages 18 to 25 who come to us voluntarily because they have had a taste of the real world and realize that they must finish their education to get ahead. All of our students have a story of their own.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

All of our students have a story of their own. Our students are young parents, or foster youth, or homeless youth, or recovering from addiction or struggling with addiction. The list goes on and on. When you are handling these young people you must handle with care and a great deal of compassion. Compassion is something that is a necessity in my line of work.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Be sure that you are getting into education for the right reasons. Don't do it as a back up plan. Don't do it because you are afraid to venture outside of the familiar. Do it to make a difference. Do it to make a big difference.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
certification
Certification/License
Teaching Credential
certification
Certification/License
Administrative Credential
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You are an underachiever."

I knew what I was made of and I knew that I was here to help others. When I got my teaching credential my first job was at my own high school as an English teacher. I went back to my old English teacher and I reminded her of what she had said to me. She was very embarrassed and apologized. Little things stick.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I applied for grants and financial aid in college.

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

I followed my friends into college. They kept me on track. They would call to make sure that I was registering for the right classes and keep me up on deadlines. I had no other role models. My peers and I watched over each other.