Hamish brewer


Hamish Brewer known as the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal from 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 who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms.

Mr. Brewer is an award-winning principal at both the secondary and elementary school levels. He was recognized in 2017 as the NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the year. He has also been recognized as the 2016 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 online national publication – Education Dive. In 2019 Prince William County Public Schools named Hamish the school divisions Principal of the Year. In 2020 Hamish was recently recognized by Omega U as the principal of the year.

Under his leadership – his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia.

Mr. Brewer is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker – motivating and inspiring audiences everywhere around the world, including being recognized as a TEDx speaker.

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.

Hamish is the best selling author of “Relentless – Disrupting The Educational Norm, published in 2019.

Mr. Brewer previously served at the state level as the Federal Relations Coordinator on the Board of Directors with the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals and is currently the lead fellow of NAESP’s Center for Innovative Leadership. 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 and his story has become a viral sensation through the Freethink Docuseries “Relentless”, and being highlighted on all the national news broadcasts here in the US and in Australasia, including with NBC and Lester Holt. Mr. Brewer is also being featured this summer in the skateboarding humanitarian documentary Humanity Stoked.

You can connect with Mr. Brewer on Twitter @brewerhm and email

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“Hamish Brewer delivered the “WOW!” at our Annual Summer Conference in June.  A keynote presentation of extremely high energy. He is engaging, personable, passionate and packed with great thoughts and ideas for administrators on how to energize schools.”

Virginia Elementary Principals Association

“High Energy, Great Message, Powerful Impact
That’s what Hamish brought to our 2018 Leadership Conference! District leadership, School leadership & teams are still raving about him! One of the best speakers we’ve had. He has inspired us to be more and do more! Big Impact!”

Anne Arundel Public Schools, MD

“Hamish Brewer is a dynamic speaker, motivator, and leader. He brought an energy to the Digital Learning Conference that will forever be difficult to emulate. The buzz that was created when we announced him as our speaker was continued throughout the course of the day and on social media far into the evening after his speech. We couldn’t have been happier with his message, passion, and determination to inspire people to be the best for the students and communities that they work with.”

Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA