Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
high school: Oak Hills High School
college: University of Pennsylvania
Montell D. Brown, a young man from Cincinnati, Ohio, serves as the epitome of a black male in the chaos of an ever-changing society. He strives for excellence in all that he does, working tirelessly to achieve greater.
Montell is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2019, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. He received several awards upon his graduation from the university. He was honored with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Leadership & Service by the Makuu: Black Cultural Center. He also went on to receive the Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Award from the W.E.B. Du Bois College House. He finally received the Raymond Pace and Sadie T.M. Alexander Cup for Interfraternity Greek Council Member of the Year. These awards highlighted and recognized Brown’s commitment to serving and advocating for his community, his academic achievements, and his outstanding leadership in the university and Philadelphia communities.
While at Penn, Montell served in many leadership positions that allowed to him enact change on his campus. He was the Vice President of the Class of 2019 for three years. He served honorably as the President of the Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated – the 22nd House of Alpha. He enjoyed his time in the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir where he led the Tenor section. Finally, he was an active member of the Community Schools Student Partnership through the Netter Center, which solidified his passion for education.
Along those lines, Brown spent his senior year working full-time for the School District of Philadelphia while attending Penn full-time. He served as an Assistant Dean of Students for a large K-8 Title I public neighborhood school in Southwest Philadelphia. He then went to work at this school in his current position as Middle School Science Teacher, Middle School Lead Teacher, and 8th Grade Advisor. He also has returned to the University of Pennsylvania to, concurrently, pursue his M.S.Ed in Urban Education from the Graduate School of Education.
Montell D. Brown has committed himself to a life of greatness while seeking to make a difference every day of his life. He lives by the daily motto of: “Stay Positive. Work Hard. Make it Happen. Don’t Quit!”