Misbehaving Navarro Middle School students beware. One of your teachers once held the record for “kills.”
On July 23, Navarro Special Education teacher Javonne Brooks-Grant was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, becoming the first volleyball player to be enshrined.
During her four years at the University of New Orleans (1988-92), Brooks-Grant not only established herself as the best volleyball player in school history, but also as one of the top volleyball players in the nation. In 2005, a 26-member media panel selected her as the Sun Belt Conference’s top all-time volleyball player as part of the conference’s 30th anniversary celebration.
She held the NCAA Division I career kills record until 1995 and still ranks second all-time with 2,932. She ranks second all-time in NCAA single-season kills with 878 in 1992 and she is third all-time nationally in kills per set with an average of 6.1, also in 1992. Brooks-Grant was selected first team All-American in 1992.
A native of Wharton and a graduate of Boling High School, Brooks-Grant has worked for Lamar CISD for five years. She began as a receptionist at Briscoe Junior High while working on her teacher’s certification. Brooks-Grant completed her master’s in Educational Administration this past spring.