Educator of the week

Ms. Cynthia Miles-Brown 
Dagget Middle School


Fort Worth Independent School District (ISD)

School Vision: “Educating scholars through committed partnerships with families and communities”

Favorite Teaching Subjects: Biology & English Literature

With a glowing personality that shines through the hallways of Dagget Middle School, Principal Cynthia Miles-Brown creates a culture that puts her students on an academic journey that propels them to live a life that impacts both their families and society as a whole. 

A product of the Fort Worth, Texas public school system, Principal Miles-Brown followed a similar path that her students are now taking. A success in her own right, the path she took was not an easy one. Aside from the influences of her surrounding environment, academically, she admitted that growing up in her area, “girls were not encouraged to pursue degrees in STEM; it seemed impossible to major in Math or Science unless you were male.” With this perception in mind, Principal Miles-Brown remained diligent with her studies, but it wasn’t until she entered high school that she discovered her true potential. Motivated by her 9th grade English teacher, Mrs. Ernestine Rose, Principal Miles-Brown soon discovered the power a solid education can yield. She states, “my English teacher inspired me to research, read, and invest in my own education. She taught me the value of being a scholar.” She would carry these words of wisdom with her throughout her own academic journey, ultimately leading her to attain a degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia – the top ranked Historically Black College and University (HBCU) of 2015, according to the U.S. News and World Report.

Now in her second year as Principal at Dagget Middle School, she is preparing her scholars to be equipped with the tools needed to compete globally for future STEM careers – especially for her young female students. Principal Miles-Brown decided to be a teacher because she understood that education is a game changer for future generations of young people; it can open doors that would otherwise be closed. While STEM education is a work in progress at her campus, Principal Miles-Brown already has a vision she intends to fulfill this coming academic year. “Our goal is to expose our scholars to careers in STEM, pair them with mentors in careers in STEM, and provide after school activities to foster curiosity for STEM,” she explains. Principal Miles-Brown has already taken the first step in this initiative through Dagget’s Lego Robotics Club that meets after school. 

Principal Miles-Brown is making the type of impact in the lives of her students that will stretch far beyond the gates of her Ft. Worth campus. Each day she arrives to school, she welcomes the day with a smile and a passion to instill in her scholars the idea that through research, hard work, and self-confidence, one of them could be the person to find a cure for terminal illnesses someday. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, shopping, and working with at-risk youth.   

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