Administration & Faculty

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Anthony Brock, Founder and Head of School

Anthony Brock is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and a graduate of Sidney Lanier and Alabama State University (ASU). He was employed by the Autauga County school system for 13 years. During that time, he served as a Head Football Coach at Prattville Junior High, At-Risk Specialist for the Autauga County Board of Education, Assistant Principal at Prattville Elementary School, and Principal of the Second Chance Alternative School. Mr. Brock was also the last Principal at St. Jude Educational Institute in Montgomery. He is the Founder of the Brother2Brother and Sister2Sister Mentoring Program that still meets regularly in Autauga and Montgomery counties.

Mr. Brock also serves on the Alabama Leadership Council for the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund, the Board of Directors at the Southeast Y.M.C.A. in Montgomery and Prattville Y.M.C.A, and he is also a former Board Member of the Autauga County Character Coalition. Brock was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award for Central Alabama by the Montgomery Advertiser. Additionally, his mentoring program was recognized as the Autauga County Service Organization of the Year. The Montgomery alumni chapters of Delta Sigma Theta and Kappa Alpha Psi recognized him as the 2016 Citizen of the Year, and the First Congregational Church in Montgomery recognized him and his brother with the “2016 Daring to Make a Difference Award.”

He was selected at the Alabama Black Achievers Gala sponsored by Regions Bank in Birmingham as the Entrepreneur of the Year. Most recently, he was selected by the Alabama Power Company as an Alabama Bright Light, the Troy University and the ASU “Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community” Award, and he was also selected to ASU’s “50 under 50” Inaugural Alumni Class. Currently he is currently the Head of School at Valiant Cross Academy. Since opening in 2015, Valiant Cross Academy has been showcased in local print publications, WSFA 12’s “Making a Difference” report, WAKA 8’s “What Right With Our Schools” report, and recognized by USA Today as a 50K grant winner in the “A Community That Thrives Program.” Valiant Cross also received the 2017 Community Service Award from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. 

Mr. Brock is an active member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Montgomery, where he serves as a Steward, Men’s Usher, Men’s Chorus Member, and Young Adult Sunday School Teacher. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is married to D’Tanja Brock and the couple has two beautiful daughters, Noah and Jonah.

Frederick Brock, Founder and Director of Operations

Frederick Brock is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He is a graduate of Jefferson Davis High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. While attending Southern Mississippi, Frederick earned letters in football and track. After college Frederick was blessed to play four years in the National Football League with the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns. The next eight years Frederick worked in private business in the panhandle of Florida. During that time he started CrossTraining Way with the purpose of using the influence of athletes to impact the world for Jesus Christ. After coaching football at Huntingdon College for one year, Frederick was most recently employed as the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at St. Jude Educational Institute in Montgomery. He is married to Shannon Brock and has two beautiful daughters, Gianna and Allene.

Kimberly Baker, Director of Development

Kimberly has over 15 years of experience with the non-profit community in leadership, marketing, and public relations. The majority of her career was in the healthcare industry as a Director of Brand Management. She has served and volunteered with numerous non-profits in Montgomery and the River Region and was recently the President of The Junior League of Montgomery.

Kimberly has served on multiple community boards such as Red Tail Scholarship Foundation, Hospice of Montgomery, Montgomery Christian School, ClefWorks, Hands on River Region, Montgomery Music Project, Medical Aids Outreach, Garrett Elementary School, and The Junior League of Montgomery. She also volunteered for Impact America, Common Ground Montgomery, Hope Inspired Ministries, Brantwood Children’s Home, Medical Outreach Ministries, United Way, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Montgomery Cancer Center.

Angel Garrett, Middle/High School Administrator

Angel earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Masters Degree in English (7-12) and a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision.

Her work experience includes teaching Middle School English Language Arts (Grades 6-8) at Opelika Middle School, serving as Assistant Principal at Prattville High School, Principal at Prattville Intermediate School, as well as, Senior Director of Personnel and Secondary curriculum in the Autauga County School System.

Lillie Bowling, Director of Curriculum

Lillie earned a Bachelors Degree in History, Masters Degree in History, and a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision.

Her work experience includes teaching Junior High School History (Grades 7-8) at Prattville Junior High School, serving as Assistant Principal at Prattville High School, and serving as Director of Special Education in the Autauga County School System.

Tyrone Boleware, Scholar Affairs Director, Assistant Football Coach, Head Track Coach

Tyrone earned a Bachelor in Science in Sports Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Mr. Boleware has been in education for over 20 years. Before joining Valiant Cross Academy, he was with Escambia High School in Pensacola, FL, and St. Jude High School in Montgomery.

“When I hear the scholars respond to my morning messages during bible, I know I am truly making a difference in these young men’s lives. To know they are receiving the word daily motivates me to continue to work even harder for them.”


Adam Pettway

Adam earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Educational Technology.

Adam has served in the Montgomery Public School System, Wes Green International School Dubai, and Central Alabama O.I.C Early Childhood Development Center.

“I was inspired to teach at Valiant Cross when I discovered the vision and mission of the school. I knew it was something that I must be a part of.”

Brandon Holmes

Brandon earned a Liberal Arts degree with a minor in Education and has previous teaching experience as a geometry teacher at Dallas County High School.

“Overall, the reason I chose to be a part of the Valiant Cross Academy family: to be able to work under a loving, motivating, and inspiring administration who have common goals in helping young men Rise Above is an honor. Being able to be the change you want to see is a blessing beyond measures.”

Chaquana Muhammad Townsend

Mrs. Townsend earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tuskegee University and a Master of Science degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University. Her previous experience includes teaching English Language Arts (Grades 7-8) at Southlawn Middle School.

“The Lord placed a burden on my heart as a lower school director at Common Ground Montgomery to teach. As an advocate and liaison between Common Ground Montgomery and Montgomery Public School system, I grew a burning desire to teach minority children in the classroom. As an African American woman, I feel a specific burden for students that are not afforded the same opportunities as others. Teaching excites me and pushes me to give my best, work hard, and give more than I thought I could give. As a teacher, if I fail, my students fail. I live by this motto: If you love something or someone with all of your heart, lay down your life for it no matter what the cost! Valiant Cross gives me that opportunity!”

Derrick Moncrief

Derrick earned a Bachelors Degree in Social Science with a minor in Political Science from Troy University. He has 21 years of teaching experience in the Autauga County School System where he served as a World History and Physical Education instructor. His additional experience includes serving as Student Affairs Director, In-school Suspension Director, Second Chance Short-Term Coordinator and Athletic Director including Head Coach of football, basketball, and track coach in Autauga County School System.

“What inspired me to teach at Valiant Cross Academy is that I saw I could truly make a tremendous difference in this extraordinary environment. The leadership of this great institution of learning is fabulous.”

Kevedis Watson

Mr. Watson earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

“My favorite teaching moment is when my scholars come to class excited to show me what they’ve learned from studying the night before.”

Shantavia Young-Fair

Shantavia is an ELA Teacher at Valiant Cross. A graduate from Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Journalism, Shantavia currently attends Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama where she is working towards her Masters in Education.

“Valiant Cross Academy is my first experience with teaching scholars!”

“My favorite teaching moment at Valiant Cross Academy was the reaction from my scholars after hearing the bell ring to end class. My scholars were reading The Illustrated Man Prologue by Ray Bradbury, instead of scholars rushing to put their things away, I heard them say ‘No, Mrs. Fair can’t we keep going? We can stay; it’s ok!’’