Community Engagement Manager

AVID Alumni

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Jonathan’s unwavering dedication is focused on inspiring students to pursue a brighter future through higher education. Having experienced the foster care system and being an AVID alumnus himself, Jonathan has made it his life’s mission to empower and support students who face societal barriers to opportunity.


Jonathan Brown, AVID’s Community Engagement Manager, is a former high school AVID student from Killeen Independent School District. He has served as an AVID student, tutor, and one of the first AVID instructors in higher education. While in college, Jonathan traveled across the United States as a motivational speaker, sharing his AVID student experience and how it opened doors of opportunity for his future. He worked with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 2009 to develop an AVID First-Year Seminar, teaching students how to navigate college and develop critical thinking skills. Jonathan used his AVID experience as a teaching assistant to help students and instructors implement the AVID strategies he used. Jonathan later became the university’s AVID Liaison before joining AVID Center. As an esteemed higher education instructor, Jonathan firmly believes that cultivating positive student relationships accelerates learning and fosters greater student accountability in their educational journey.

“You are not every day, regular, average people. You are the innovators, creators, and discoverers of the future, taking ownership of that now is the key to your success.”

— Jonathan Grant Brown

Audiences: Educators, Students, Parents, Administrators


  • Academics
  • Educational motivation
  • Teaching literacy
  • Public schools
  • Higher education
  • STEM

Past Speaking Engagements:

  • Belton ISD Convocation
  • University Of Texas at Arlington Student Success Conference
  • Ector County AVID Celebration
  • Odessa College Student Success Conference
  • Virginia Middle School Association Conference


  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication, The University of Texas Permian Basin
  • Master of Education in Professional Education, The University of Texas Permian Basin
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