Stephanie Brooks is taking on her first year at Crossett High School as the assistant principal.
Brooks took over the job July 1 because former assistant principal Anthony Boykin was awarded the principal’s job.
Brooks said she likes her new role because she is able to interact and get to know all of the students and she gets to work with all the teachers. Her main goal is to guide and lead the teachers to success, she said, and she wants everyone who arrives on campus to feel welcome, encouraged, and successful.
Mrs. Brooks was born in Davenport, Iowa. She attended primary school in Chicago, completed elementary school in Toms River, N.J., and was awarded her high school diploma from Bettendorf, Iowa.
She completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Truman State University, located in Kirksville, Mo.. She has also completed a second graduate program at Arkansas Tech University.
Brooks came to Crossett in July of 2011 with the Teach for America program. She started off in Crossett teaching secondary English for two years.
Brooks said her family is very important. When she is at work she is only focused on work but at home she is only focused on her family. She never lets her work life affect her time with her family. After a long day at school, Brooks gets to go home to her two children and husband and that gets her through the rest of the day.
She met her husband, John Brooks, through teaching. He is also an assistant principal at Crossett Elementary School. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Brooks have had two children, Charlotte, 3, and John Charles III, Tripp, who is three months old.
The Brooks family have decided that Crossett is their forever home.
Mrs. Brooks wants to give back to the community that has invested in her.
“I am dedicated to this community and school district because the people have provided me with an incredible amount of support,” she said.