Carine Hall-Brown

Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics • 2024

Title and Organization Living Environment, GRIT Lab, High School for Excellence & Innovation


Carine Hall-Brown’s story is one of resilience, determination, and hard work. Growing up in rural Jamaica with limited access to education, Ms. Hall-Brown faced significant challenges early on in life. Despite these obstacles, she managed to find a way to pursue her education and achieve remarkable success. Ms. Hall-Brown’s journey began with her move to Port Antonio, where she lived with her aunt, a nurse, who provided her with the opportunity to attend school and access to a vast library of books. She graduated from Titchfield High School in 1987, but her educational journey did not end there. She went on to earn her Associate’s Degree in Agricultural Science from the College of Agriculture, Science, and Education in Port Antonio, before becoming a successful agricultural science teacher at Old Harbor High School. After twelve years of teaching in Jamaica, Ms. Hall-Brown moved to the U.S. in 2003 to continue her teaching career. She taught science to high school students in New York City, and her passion for education led her to pursue further studies in computer and information sciences, eventually earning her Master of Science degree from Walden University. Ms. Hall-Brown’s dedication to education extends beyond the classroom. She is the Board Vice President of Adopt a Destiny, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income students pursue higher education in the U.S. and Jamaica. She is also a traditional naturopath and a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church New England Conference Health Ministries, where she shares her knowledge of holistic healing methods with others. Ms. Hall-Brown’s life is a testament to the power of education and the importance of hard work. Despite the challenges she faced, she never gave up on her dreams and continues to inspire others to pursue their own. Standing in the hallway of the High School for Excellence and Innovation between classes, it’s easy to understand why it would be hard for Ms. Hall-Brown to leave. Students walking from class to class shout out, “Carine, I love you, Carine!” when they see her. Asked to keep the noise down, most of them become silent; but when they get near her, they put their hands together and make a heart sign with their fingers as they pass by.