Hamish Brewer

Hamish Brewer, known as the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal from Northern Virginia, isn’t your normal principal. Brewer is high octane, constantly calling on his students to

“be relentless.” He has become known as an educational disrupter who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms.


Brewer is an award-winning principal at both the secondary and elementary school levels. He was recognized in 2017 as the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the Year. He has also been recognized with the 2016 Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) School Bell Award and ASCD Virginia Impact Award. In 2018, Brewer was named a Northern Virginian of the Year by Northern Virginia Magazine and the 2018 Principal of the Year by Education Dive. In 2019, Prince William County Public Schools named Brewer the school divisions Principal of the Year. In 2020, Brewer 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 I School, and Brewer has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle level schools in the state of Virginia.

Brewer is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker—motivating and inspiring audiences 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, Brewer is currently a doctoral student at Virginia Tech. Brewer is the bestselling author of Relentless: Changing Lives by Disrupting the Educational Norm, published in 2019.

Brewer previously served at the state level as the Federal Relations Coordinator on the VAESP Board of Directors and is currently the lead fellow of NAESP’s Center for Innovative Leadership. He is a school turnaround and school improvement specialist, working with some of the most at-risk students in the United States.

Brewer was highlighted as a Hometown Hero by Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. With more than 32 million views, his story has become a viral sensation through the Freethink Docuseries “Relentless,” that is highlighted on all the national news broadcasts here in the United States and in Australasia, including with NBC and Lester Holt. Brewer is also being featured this summer in the skateboarding humanitarian documentary “Humanity Stoked.”