Dr. Todd Parker, Principal

My name is Todd Parker and I serve as the principal of A.L. Brown High School. I have served my entire career with Kannapolis City Schools, beginning as a teacher at Kannapolis Middle School. I also taught United States History at A.L. Brown prior to becoming the principal of Fred L. Wilson Elementary School in 2004. I served at Kannapolis Intermediate School from October 2012 until June of 2015. In July of 2015, I moved back to A.L. Brown to serve as principal. I am married with two children who also attend school in Kannapolis. School is my passion and a way of life for my family, and I have enjoyed the many years serving the families of K-town!

Feel free to contact me by email or by school phone at (704) 932-6125.

College(s) Attended/Degrees Earned:
Bachelor of Science – Secondary Education / Social Studies – Appalachian State University

Master of School Administration – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Wingate University

Educational Philosophy/Vision:
I believe that children should be listened to, valued and respected for who they are, and what they will someday become. I believe that students should be exposed to a variety of learning opportunities, including technology and collaboration, which will be key components of the 21st Century American workforce. While students should be loved and respected at school, they should also be pushed towards academic excellence. I love to work with students, teachers and parents and I look forward to getting to know you.

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 Alex ElliottAlex Elliott,  Assistant Principal

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D.R. Cash, Assistant Principal

Schools Attended and Degrees Earned
Duke University – Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in Religion
Gardner-Webb University—Master of Arts in Executive Leadership Studies, Principal Certification

Educational Career:

I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings throughout my career. I have held positions at the middle school, high school and central office levels. I had the privilege of helping to start newer programs in Guilford County including a middle school Global Studies magnet program at The Academy at Lincoln and a Virtual Program for the Occupational Course of Study. My tenure at Lincoln as Athletics and Activities Director truly began my journey as an administrator. I also enjoyed my time working with the Saturn Program, a county-wide blended learning program for reluctant learners aimed at improving graduation rates, one of the first of its kind. The Graduation Coach position at Grimsley High School brought the Saturn Program Coordinator to the school level and combined it with a student support role, one that saw improvement in our graduation rate to nearly 84%. In New Hanover County, I was part of a shift in the disciplinary philosophy of the county towards an intervention model that afforded greater opportunity to forge relationships with students. As Assistant Principal at Heide Trask High School in Pender County, I served as the school’s testing coordinator and was able to meet our participation goals for all testing which hadn’t happened in the two years prior.

Educational Philosophy:

Educating a reluctant society has become, at times, as difficult as getting an elephant on an elevator. Fortunately, restoring the value to education can be achieved in a similar manner—by selling ourselves first, and then our content, as a means of building trusting relationships. When trying to get an elephant on an elevator, you can stand behind him and yell, curse, or even prod him with a stick, but he may not budge. We as educators know that to prepare the elephant for this type of task, we must start months in advance. We create a practice elevator and work with the elephant daily. We provide skills and encouragement for the elephant to overcome small difficulties and, consequently, we create that trusting relationship. The elephant has then bought into us, which leads him to buy into what we’re trying to teach him. In the end, how do you get an elephant on an elevator? Easy, all we do is walk on the elevator, and the elephant will follow.

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  Martha Motley, Assistant Principal of Instruction

My name is Martha Motley.  I am the assistant principal of instruction at A. L. Brown High School.  I began my career here in Kannapolis City Schools in 1999.  I taught exceptional children, second grade and fourth grade at Forest Park for almost 15 years. I served as the Kannapolis K-4 Instructional Math Coach for one and a half years before joining the A. L. Brown administrative team.  I am so thrilled to be here!

I am married and have two children who attend schools here in Kannapolis.  I believe so deeply that we provide the very best for all children in Kannapolis and I am proud that they are able to be a part of the KCS family!

College(s) Attended/Degrees Earned:
Bachelor of Science in Education - Houghton College 

National Board Certified - Middle Childhood Generalist 
Currently enrolled in Master of School Administration – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Educational Philosophy/Vision:
I believe in providing the best instruction to every student, every day. I believe that with practice and diligence, we all have an ability to grow in knowledge and skills. I know that each of our students will rise to high expectations if they are challenged to grow and I hope that we can engage each learner in every class. Partnering with our ALB staff, I hope to build mentoring relationships with students and to create a safe environment for learning and growing.   

Phone: 704-932-6125 ext.21913


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