Dr. Brown attended Swarthmore College from 2001-2005, obtaining his Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry with High Honors, while being honored as a top Chemistry student with the Gonzalez-Vilaplana-Scott Prize. Dr. Brown spent the next two years with Teach for America in Los Angeles, CA, obtaining his Master's degree in Secondary Education: Chemistry from Loyola-Marymount University during that time. He then undertook graduate work at UC Berkeley, obtaining a Ph.D. in 2011 under the mentorship of Kenneth N. Raymond and Robert G. Bergman. From 2012-2015, Dr. Brown worked as an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow in the lab of Virginia Cornish at Columbia University, before joining the BASIS Independent faculty.
As the Subject Expert Teacher in Chemistry, teaching Honors and AP sections, his goals as a teacher always focus on "catalyzing discovery and helping students to both master my course material and develop as budding scientists."
On why he chose BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, Dr. Brown says, "BASIS Independent students are peerless: driven, curious, and enthusiastic. Teaching them is equally fulfilling and demanding, challenging and rewarding. I could not ask for a better teaching position."
Dr. Brown believes that students learn best when given the opportunity to practice, teach, and discover. He works to create opportunities in the classroom for students to guide their own learning through activities and laboratory work – lecture has its role in the classroom, but he works to minimize passive learning.
Much of Dr. Brown's spare time is spent helping his toddler hunt for buried treasure, while his adult leisure time is spent reading and working on amateur data science projects.