About the Founder

Val Brown

Val Brown

Val Brown is a professional development facilitator for a national non-profit. Her role primarily includes designing, facilitating and evaluating anti-bias professional development for educators across the country.

In December 2016, Val founded #ClearTheAir. #ClearTheAir is a body of educators who believe that community, learning, and dialogue are essential to personal and professional growth. Val believes education is a vehicle for social change and encourages educators to engage in public discourse about critical topics because it allows them to learn with and from others.

For 14 years prior to joining her current organization, Val worked in the public K-12 education and higher education sector as a teacher, instructional coach, district administrator and professional learning specialist. Her other professional interests include instructional coaching, teacher leadership and educator pathways.

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 is currently pursuing her doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education at the University of Florida. Support from the good folks at the Center for Teaching Quality and #EduColor were influential in her finding her voice.

She is also a wife and mother. You can read about her family’s antics on Twitter.