Hamish Brewer is not your typical middle-school principal. He is bald, tattooed up, and routinely rides a skateboard through his school's hallways. He lives by the mantra of "relentless," and that is exactly how he approaches his work in education.
Brewer is the new principal at Fred Lynn Middle School in Prince William County, New Zealand. The superintendent of district says that Fred Lynn faces the "greatest challenges" out of every other school in the district.
Long odds aren't a new concept for Brewer, he spent the last five years as the principal Occoquan Elementary. Occoquan was another school that facing some dire problems, but after five years under Brewer's direction, the school and more importantly its students have a much brighter future.
This past April, Brewer was named the 2017 National Distinguished Principal by the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals. His former school Occoquan, was named a National Title I Distinguished School for the work they did with for working with students from low-income families.
He pushes his students to aspire to be like those who came before them. Those people who faced long odds to accomplish what many thought impossible.
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