Sumaya Brown

Name: Sumaya Brown 
Grade / Subject: English and Drama Grades  9-11
Hours for help: 1:45 - 3:00 
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

      Greetings! My name is Sumaya Brown and I am thrilled to join Maple High School’s (MHS) team of extraordinary teachers.  As your new English teacher, I am excited about the upcoming year that awaits us.  Undoubtedly, this will be a school year of learning and discovery.  Joining MHS at the start of school year has allowed me the opportunity to “hit the ground running!” It is my belief that “the best is yet to come.”  I look forward to the activities and learning opportunities that I will share with you.  You can receive more detailed information about the course on the Google Classroom webpage that I created for this class.  Our Google Classroom provides information about the class regarding what we are learning, and includes helpful lessons and learning resources for student achievement.  My theme for the year is “Believe”.  Belief is not a simple idea; it is backed by action.   I believe that every student has the potential to succeed.  It is my endeavor to encourage students to share this belief and take the necessary steps to reach the “finish line” of academic strides and become a proud graduate of Maple High School. 

 Looking forward to a great and fulfilling school year!

 Yours because of education,

 Ms. Sumaya Brown

 Here’s a little info about me:

      I’ve been an educator for the past 13 years.  Over the past 8 years, I have been an active Freedom Writer Teacher under the leadership of renowned educator, Erin Gruwell, pioneer of the Freedom Writers.  In 2008, I co-authored a New York Times Best-Selling book with Erin Gruwell and other Freedom Writer Institute educators from across the globe.  In 2015, I along with Erin Gruwell, The Original Freedom Writers and the Freedom Writer Teachers presented books to Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. Previously, I taught Reading and Drama to grades K-12th. in Atlanta, Georgia.  I received my undergraduate degree at Spelman College in Atlanta.  Additionally, I completed a short Film Directing Program at the New York Film Academy in Universal City, California.  Recently, I earned my Master’s in Teaching at Brandman University in Santa Maria, California.  My hobbies include: freelance videography, directing, ghost writing and exploring new places.

Contact info: Email: (goes directly to my phone)

Office Hours: Lunch (daily) and by appointment