As a 27-year educator in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, Maleika Joubert Brown, Ed.S works tirelessly to improve the education and life outcomes of the students she serves. In her previous roles as a Teacher, Instructional Coach, Curriculum Supervisor, and Director of Professional Learning, she maintained a focus on the most important part of our nation’s future—its children. She continues this focus as the Director of Equity and Inclusion for GRPS. This role allows her to work closely with district leadership, staff, Pk-12 scholars, community partners and families. Maleika is an eager student of diversity, equity, inclusion and culture as they relate to student achievement and success and has facilitated professional learning opportunities in these areas for a variety of role groups.
Maleika played an integral part in the creation the District’s Vision for Excellence Through Equity and the 2022-2025 GRPS Strategic Plan. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Louisiana State University, Master of Arts in Education from Marygrove College and Educational Specialist degree from Grand Valley State University. Maleika’s role as an educator and advocate for scholars has afforded her many opportunities to learn, grow and share. In addition to facilitating equity and belonging learning and reflection opportunities, Maleika has had the wonderful opportunity to work alongside GVSU, WMU and the Institute for Learning to facilitate learning opportunities in the areas of Mathematics and Teaching and Learning.
A member of the Theta Chi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc,. and a past member of the the Advisory Board for Grand Valley State University’s Regional Math and Science Center, Brown currently serves member of the Board of Directors for Save Haven Ministries, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, The Literacy Center of West Michigan, and an appointed member of the City of Grand Rapids Civil Service Board. Maleika is a proud lifelong educator, learner, and advocate; however, her most important roles are that of wife and mother.