About Hamish Brewer

Hamish Brewer, the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal in Northern Virginia isn’t your normal principal. Hamish is high octane, constantly calling on his students to “Be Relentless. Mr. Brewer has become known as an educational disrupter and game changer who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms.

Known for working with some of the most at risk students in America and getting results! Its not often you find an educational leader who not only inspires the world but does it while getting results and changing the outcomes of entire communities.

Hamish was recognized as the 2017 NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal, the VAESP School Bell Award, and ASCD Virginia Impact Award. In 2018 Hamish was named a Northern Virginian of the year by Northern Virginia Magazine and the 2018 Principal of the year for the national publication Education Dive. He was most recently named the Prince William County Public Schools 2019 Principal of the Year.

As a leader and speaker, Hamish is considered an inspiration, innovator and motivational by those who have met, watched or listened to him. Under his leadership – his Elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title One School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest Middle Schools in the state of Virginia.

Hamish is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker – motivating and inspiring audiences everywhere, including being recognized as a TEDx Speaker and in a Google commercial.

Originally from New Zealand where he earned his first degree from the University of Auckland. Mr. Brewer is currently a doctoral student at Virginia Tech University and working on development of his educational foundation.
Mr. Brewer serves at the state level as the Federal Relations Coordinator on the Board of Directors with the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals. He is a school turnaround and school improvement specialist, working some of the most at-risk students in the United States.
Mr. Brewer was highlighted as a Hometown Hero by Fox 5 in Washington, DC. With more than 32 million views his story has become a viral sensation being highlighted on the national news with NBC and Lester Holt. Mr. Brewer is also being featured in a documentary Humanity Stoked.

Mr. Brewer has currently awaiting his first book, Relentless, to be published by Dave Burgees (Author of Teacher Like A Pirate) – soon to be on shelves by the end of May, 2019.

Mr. Brewer is currently a principal in Prince William County, one of the largest divisions in the country, helping in best practices in school parent and student engagement, school improvement and building culture. In addition he has helped advance the implementation and use of technology.
You can connect with Mr. Brewer on Twitter @brewerhm and email brewerhm@gmail.com