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Rakiya Brown

Rakiya Brown

As a Kindergarten teacher, Rakiya Brown specializes in everything colorful, hands-on, and adventurous. She teaches language arts, math, science and social studies just to name a few, as well as, lessons in how to execute the perfect handshake.

Previously, Mrs. Brown attended Bowdoin College and received a B.A. in anthropology. She then worked at Garrison Forest School, teaching pre-kindergarten. Miss Orange recently returned to Gilman after being away for a year earning her Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Hollins University.

When Mrs. Brown isn’t at Gilman, she is either taking or teaching dance class, visiting friends in different states, or lounging at home watching HGTV and eating popcorn. The life!

What's the best part of your job?
I love that I get to team-teach everyday with some of the most amazing people that I’ve ever met. Having the ability to tag-team is a true gift because as a unit, we are able to fully execute our ideas. And let’s face it, seventeen five-year-old boys do better with two teachers in the room. I also love the families that I get to know and spend time with.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about education and dance. Dancing has been part of my life since the age of four when I started doing musical theater. I am also very invested in education and the opportunities and connections it can provide.
Favorite sports team:
The Ravens of course!
Why did you choose to become a teacher?
I come from a family of educators. Teaching is in my blood, there was no way for me to resist that.
Favorite place to travel:
Maine! No matter the season, I will always enjoy it. I love the New England charm it embodies.