Award Year: 2022

Brown Elementary School

8064 Byron Center Avenue
Byron Center, MI, 49315-8723

(616) 878-6200

Mr. Jack Gitler, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Gina C. Middaugh, Current Principal

Byron Center Public School District

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Helping Student's Build Success Stories.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Students explaining what it means to be proactive.

Students explaining what it means to be proactive.

Brown Elementary School, in Byron Center, Michigan, enrolls 590 students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Brown's dedicated staff maintain a strong belief and commitment in the collective efficacy for the success of all students each and every day. The work is based upon the strong relationships the staff build and cultivate with each other, families, and students. Culture is one of Brown's greatest attributes and influences everything staff do. Staff share the common belief that they must have high expectations for all learners. Through professional learning communities, this process is grounded in equitable instructional practices to ensure success for all, not only academically but socially and emotionally. Teachers work, learn, and collaborate together to evaluate their practices and the needs, interests, and skills of students to improve learning. Brown has built-in intervention time for math and reading that's targeted to what students need.

A huge part of Brown's culture is the Leader in Me (LiM) initiative that is infused into the curriculum and everyday language. LiM focuses on instilling the seven habits of leadership into both school and everyday life. LiM helps students develop confidence in their own leadership abilities. Brown has a student ambassador group of about 25 students who work across classes and age groups, modeling leadership. Ambassadors lead a year-end LiM assembly for parents, staff, and students to celebrate.Ultimately, Brown's culture helps students build success stories.