La-Neka S. Brown

Ph.D. Student, School of Education
Program Area: Educational Leadership, Policy and Justice

Headshot of La-Neka S. Brown, VCU Holmes Scholar in 2022.Education

  • Ph.D. in Education, Virginia Commonwealth University (August 2025)
  • PMC in Administration and Supervision, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Virginia
  • M.T. in Early Childhood Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.S. in Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University


La-Neka S. Brown is a first-year Education doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research interests include the retention and professional development of K-12 classroom teachers in public education, system change, microlearning and teacher leadership. Additionally, she is interested in improving the recruitment, support and retention of preservice and in-service educators of color and the intersectionality of racial identity and workplace culture of black educators. Her current research focuses on training and development of early career teachers who were certified through career switchers programs.

What does the Holmes Scholars Program mean to you?

As a public educator for over 22 years, I have witnessed the many complex problems that plague our districts, put insurmountable strains on schools, and erode our current educational system. I am committed to developing, implementing, and supporting sustainable solutions that will have a positive, long-lasting impact on the quality of teachers that students have throughout their academic careers. By being a Holmes Scholar, I believe the coaching, mentoring and collegial fellowship will equip me to better understand and analyze policy through multiple lenses and build scholarly knowledge and skills. I recognize that my success in the doctoral program and in my career in academia depends on my professional network. This program will afford me the opportunity to be around like-minded scholars who will support, encourage, mentor and motivate me to grow in my scholarly thinking, writing and practices. As I invest my time and effort toward receiving the support that the Holmes Scholars Program has to offer me, I trust that I will steward those resources well and yield a high rate of return for years to come.

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