Founders and Head of School Letter

Welcome to Valiant Cross Academy! I am delighted to serve as the Head of School and co-founder. Here at Valiant Cross, we have high expectations in the classroom, around campus, and in the community for our scholars. Our school consists of faith-based values, rigorous academic expectations, an intentional climate of structure, and a loving environment. I am grateful to be surrounded by such a motivated, smart, and caring staff. Our long-term goal is to produce scholars that will become lifelong learners and productive citizens.

Along with developing the spiritual lives of scholars, our teachers provide a high quality and challenging curriculum. One of the finest characteristics of our school is the sense of community that we all share. My prayer for our scholars is that they will always remember the love and dedication provided by the teachers and staff of Valiant Cross. As someone who has been involved in education for my entire adult career, I know that one person can help change a child’s life in a positive way.

I graduated from Alabama State University with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. After working with the Autauga County school system for 13 years, I saw the need for mentors for the most vulnerable children. I founded a mentorship program called Brother2Brother and Sister2Sister that still meets regularly in Autauga and Montgomery Counties. In 2015, I, along with my brother Frederick Brock, founded Valiant Cross Academy in an effort to transcend the challenges facing young African American men in Montgomery, Alabama. I believe given the right opportunities, these scholars can achieve their dreams and become pillars of the community. On a personal level, I am married to my wonderful wife, D’Tanja, and we have two beautiful daughters, Noah and Jonah.

I hope you will take a look around our website to learn more about our school and our important mission of providing excellent educational experiences for all of our scholars. We would love to have you come visit the school to become a part of Valiant Cross Academy’s story. If you have any questions about Valiant Cross Academy, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]. #RiseAbove

Yours in Education,

Anthony Brock
Head of School


Anthony Brock

Head of School

Frederick Brock

Director of Operations

Kimberly Baker

Director of Development and Marketing

Angel Garrett

Principal Middle School

Felissa Clemons

Principal High School

Essence Drake

Marketing and Development Assistant

Jasmine Noguera

Middle School Secretary

Brittany Smith

High School Secretary


Desmond Willis

History Teacher

Matthew Kelly

History Teacher

Jordan Parks

Physical Education Teacher

Oscar Berry, III

Activities Director

Darius Burns

Math Teacher

Jamie Cromblin


Daniel Davis

Dean of Culture

Torrey Duster

Physical Education/ACTPrep

April Brown

Bible Teacher

Charnita Ponder

Bible Teacher

Leroy Scott

Math Teacher

Alexia Speigner

Science Teacher

Brittany Cromblin

Science Teacher

Thomas Tullis

English Teacher

Chaquana Townsend

English Teacher

Yancey Powell


Christopher Jackson


Carol Rickard

Admissions and Parent Coordinator

Valiant Cross Academy’s Board of Directors

Mr. Edward V. Welch, Jr.

Chairman, Valiant Cross Academy Board of Directors

Principal, Captrust

Pastor Ken Austin

Executive Director, Mercy House

Mr. Ben Blanchard

Senior Vice President of Development, B&M Properties

Mr. Tod S. Etheredge

Executive Vice President, Trustmark Bank

Mr. Chase Fisher

Resource Development and Communications Manager Gulf Coast Housing Partnership

The Honorable Mayor Steven Reed

City of Montgomery Mayor

Mr. Jonathan Avant

Account Manager, Aldridge Borden & Company

Dr. John Ed Mathison

Retired Senior Minister, Frazer United methodist Church

Judge Pamela Higgins

District Judge, Fifteenth Judicial Court

Mrs. Winston Wilson Reese

Active Community Leader

Brigadier General William Sparrow

FedEx, First Officer Boeing 777

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