5 QUESTIONS FOR DR. RESIA BROOKSShelby County Schools Human Resources Coordinator
Dr. Resia Brooks, 42, is the human resources coordinator for Shelby County Schools. She is a native of Mobile. She earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education and her Master of Science in education administration from the University of Montevallo, and her Doctor of Philosophy in reading education from Auburn University. She and her husband, Dr. Lewis Brooks, have two sons, Jordan and Justin. Resia is involved with Leadership Shelby County, American Red Cross, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, Polly’s Hope and Girls Incorporated. Her hobbies include photography, reading, traveling, swimming, cooking and collecting quotes.
1. What are your responsibilities as the new human resources coordinator for the Shelby County School District?
As the human resources coordinator, I support the daily operations of the personnel department ensuring delivery of effective services to our 2,600 employees.
2. What are you looking forward to doing in this position? Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this school year?
I look forward to continuing our district’s efforts in recruiting the top educators and support staff to serve our students and communities. I have the honor of working with some of the most talented, loving and dedicated individuals. As a district, we are committed to preparing our students for the journey. #thankateacher
3. Can you describe the time in your life when you knew you wanted to work in the education field?
My father was an educator so I think it was quite natural for me to enter the educational field as well. Several of my teachers also served as an inspiration to me through their kindness and professionalism, like Anne Jolly. Ms. Jolly was my middle school science teacher who was later named the Alabama State Teacher of the Year. In addition, I have always enjoyed learning. Growing up, I vividly remember being fascinated by the World Book Encyclopedia and I read it every day. Also, like many teachers I know, I spent my summers as a child playing school with my stuffed animals. I was destined to be a teacher!
4. What’s one of your fondest memories from when you were a student?
I remember my first day of school and meeting Mrs. Brown, my kindergarten teacher. I was very anxious as I entered the classroom and she sensed my unease. She gave me a big hug and introduced me to another student which made me comfortable. That student and I became the best of friends and I had a wonderful kindergarten experience. Mrs. Brown was a loving teacher and she made each child feel special and valued. Later that year, I remember my mother making me a witch costume for our Halloween party and I won first place in the costume contest.
5. How would you describe Shelby County to a newcomer?
Shelby County has a small town feel coupled with a plethora of attractions, parks, museums and amenities for all to enjoy. It is a great place to raise a family with a host of friendly faces and warm hearts.