Get to Know the Principal
Carlotta Outley Brown is a proud product of HISD, where she was a graduate of James Madison High School in 1979. Later, she matriculated to college, and she graduated from Houston Baptist University earning a dual degree in Elementary Education and History. Principal Brown is a 31-year educator. She has been a part of the HISD family since 1991. She began her career as a 4th grade teacher in Fort Bend Independent School District at Briargate Elementary School, before becoming a 1st grade teacher at Burnet Elementary. At Burnet, she was promoted to Instructional Coordinator in 3 years. Soon afterward, she was promoted to Title I Coordinator at Jaime Davila Elementary School, and then became the Assistant Principal of Davila Elementary School. 2 months later, she was named Interim Principal of Davila for 10 months, before leaving Davila to become Dean of Students at Deady Middle School. In July of 2005, Principal Brown was named Principal of Lora B. Peck Elementary, where she remained until March of 2019.
Mrs. Brown has earned numerous awards under her leadership as a Principal. Peck was named a 2008 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Brown is also a Terrel Bell Award Recipient for her leadership in turning around a school. APrincipal Brown and her school, along with HISD’s Homeless Department, was featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ms. DeGeneres generously awarded the school $100,000.00, and personally gave Principal Brown $10,000.00. Principal Brown used those monies to purchase laptop carts and iPads for the classes. Principal Brown continues to keep in touch with Ms. DeGeneres.
Presently, Principal Brown is a finalist for the “Life Changer of the Year Award”. Carlotta Brown feels so blessed by all of her accomplishments, and for forging the way to help and bless others, especially making a difference in a child’s life. Her mantra is, “To whom much is given, much will be required”. Principal Brown fulfilled a lifelong dream when she was named principal of her alma mater, James Madison High School, home of the Mighty Marlins! She is very proud to lead Madison High School, and take it to the next level of achievement.