2010 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Dr. Herb R. Brown
Throughout his 40-year career, Dr. Herb R. Brown has been guided by his love for numbers and children. Considered one of New York's leading experts in personal finance, Brown's talent for making wise fiscal choices and keeping his district "ahead of the curve," academically, has made him one of the most accomplished superintendents in Nassau County.
As superintendent of Oceanside UFSD, Brown set out to enrich curriculum and instructional programs for the children while maintaining one of the lowest cost per-pupil ratios in the area.
During the first of his 13 years as superintendent, he pushed for the creation of Oceanside's full-day Kindergarten Center and initiated a foreign language program at the elementary level. He also launched a social/emotional literacy program and mentoring programs for and among teachers and students.
A mathematician at heart, Brown set out to accelerate the district's math program by having algebra taught to all eighth-grade students and modifying the curriculum to help all students exceed New York State Learning Standards. At the high school level, he added a personal finance class to the curriculum, which is now a requirement for graduation.
Outside of the district, Brown has presented at numerous conferences and in 1991 he received the Raymond R. Delaney Memorial Scholarship from the New York State Council of School Superintendents. In 1995, he was voted "Administrator of the Year" by the Nassau BOCES School Library System. He served as president of the Nassau School Business Officials from 1989-1999. He is currently vice president of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Brown attended Brooklyn College and earned a bachelor's degree in economics. He then received a master's degree in economics and a doctorate in education administration from New York University.