• Who: Kenny Brown

    Then: Graduated from Monroe’s Collision Repair Technology (CRT) program in 1982

    Now: Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year 2011

    Kenny Brown, a 1982 graduate of Monroe Technology Center, was awarded the prestigious title of Educator of the Year in Fairfax County. He was a star student of Mr. Upwright’s CRT program back in 1981-1982. He came to Monroe from Loudoun County High School with a specific goal in mind, he wanted to be a painter. Mr. Upwright remembers him fondly and notes “He’s like a son to me.” They have remained close friends over the years, helping each other out whenever they can. On Friday, September 2nd, Mr. Brown visited Mr. Upwright’s classroom of 11 second year auto collision students to share his success story.

    Before graduation, Mr. Brown learned that seven local shops were interested in hiring him right away. He started at Leesburg Auto Body as a painter’s assistant and worked his way up to head painter in no time.  After accomplishing all he could in shops he accepted a job as refinish specialist and product tester working out of the DuPont  Refinish Training Center in Baltimore.  This job included lots of travel and adventure throughout the country. When he started his family he decided to resettle in Northern Virginia and take the job of Auto Collision instructor at the Chantilly Academy in nearby Fairfax County.

    Mr. Brown talked frankly with the students, imparting some life lessons like “You have to work harder than the next guy to get ahead” and “What you do now is going to set your path for the rest of your life”. The students were inspired to hear what career opportunities might also be available to them if they kept focused and worked hard.
     
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    Doug Upwright, Dr. Jack Dale, Kenny Brown, Doug Wright