School District Of The City Of York
Assistant Superintendent – Special Education
As Assistant Superintendent for Special Education, Dr. Linda C. Brown is committed to the philosophy of “Servant Leadership” developed by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges (2003). The primary focus of this leadership style is putting people first. As a servant leader, Brown puts the customer (students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members) at the top of the organizational structure, with the leaders and support staff responsive to their needs. A servant leader is also committed to diversity — respecting differences in cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic differences throughout the community. Another key area is efficacy – demonstrating respect, honesty, and regard for all stakeholders regardless of their status in the organization.
Dr. Brown’s personal beliefs for building inclusive schools are based on a vision that all students have the opportunity to learn and participate in the same settings and programs — in school, at home, and in the community. Achieving educational equity and excellence requires unifying all members of the school community around a vision and a set of outcomes for all students.
Dr. Brown has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. She has taught on all academic levels from kindergarten to post-graduate. Dr. Brown has served as a teacher, special education department leader, assistant principal, managing principal, supervisor, coordinator, and consultant at the state and federal levels for Maryland and Pennsylvania. As an educational leader, Dr. Brown has served as a mentor to inspiring leaders who have moved on to many leadership positions and students who have received doctoral degrees.
Dr. Brown completed her graduate and post-graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and also pursued the Urban Educational Leadership course at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Since joining the Pennsylvania educational system in the City of York, Dr. Brown has obtained more than 100 hours of course credits to support continued leadership licenses. Dr. Brown was commissioned as an Assistant Superintendent of Special Education on Jan. 25, 2012 and renewed again in July 2016.
Dr. Brown serves on many community and national committees. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and was awarded the 2008 National Servant Leadership Award. Dr. Brown is also a member of the National Association of Special Education Directors. Dr. Brown resides in Owings Mills, Md. with her husband of 30 years, three sons and three grandchildren.
Her favorite quote is from Lisa Delpit (1992): “In order to teach you, I must know you. We must fight to teach children what they must learn, and the humility and wisdom to learn from them so that we might better teach.”