Hamish Brewer | The Relentless Principal - Disrupting the World of Education - TEDx Speaker

Hamish Brewer

The Relentless Principal - Disrupting the World of Education - TEDx Speaker

Hamish Brewer

Hamish Brewer is a powerful and positive disruptor who transcends the status quo and typical norms in leadership and education.  Mr. Brewer has become globally recognized while inspiring, advocating and amplifying the voices of communities everywhere.  He built his reputation on results and performance, becoming affectionally known as the Relentless, Tattooed Skateboarding Principal with his galvanizing message to "Be Relentless" and his high-octane delivery style.

Mr. Brewer currently consults with businesses and organizations all around the world on leaderships, culture and organizational performance change and improvement. As a Beachheads advisor to the New Zealand Trade Enterprise, he also helps grow New Zealand businesses and advises on strategic development in the North American market place.

Mr. Brewer has served as an award-winning principal at both the secondary and elementary school levels. He was recognized as the NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the Year. He has also been honored with the VAESP School Bell Award and ASCD Virginia Impact Award. Hamish was named a Northern Virginian of the year by Northern Virginia Magazine and Principal of the Year for the online national publication – Education Dive. Prince William County Public Schools named Hamish the school division's Principal of the Year and 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 TED speaker.  Originally from New Zealand, Hamish 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 was a 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.

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 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 featured in the skateboarding humanitarian movie documentary "Humanity Stoked."


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Sometimes you have to hear the things you don’t want to hear in order to move forward, to be better and to get results. Hamish will take you on a hard-hitting journey that will challenge to rethink your practices, to disrupt the norm and change the game. Find out if you have or are willing to go one more round, if your willing to advocate for every single person and child. Find out if your willing to take your school or organization to the next level.


A motivational presentation that will completely change your perspective on life, business and education. A message that will challenge you to be better, to make those around you better and to leave an impact on world through your legacy – people want to be part of something special, something bigger than themselves - come on a journey that will inspire you at any time of year to chase greatness and change the lives of the people around you!

School Improvement

Hamish Brewer an award-winning leader and school turnaround expert who has turned around multiple schools – both at the elementary and secondary levels, working with some of the most at risk students in America. Hamish will share his secrets to his school’s success with not only research best practices but also through the effect practices he has implemented. Improve your culture, your instruction and processes – and get results!

One More Round

In education we have many situations where everyone knows when and how to say the right things, sing kumbaya and go through the motions of saying I make a difference. The truth is so many educators and leaders back this up by getting bogged down in toxic conversations that focus on the uncontrollable external and internal factors and all the excuses for why we can’t make a difference.

The truth of the matter is the inspiring work that we do is hard work, it’s not easy and it doesn’t come without sacrifice to both ourselves and all those around us. The sooner we acknowledge and embrace this the sooner we feel liberated from all the toxic internal and external factors that weigh us all down in our effort to make a difference each and every day.

“One More Round” is a metaphor for acknowledging all the hard work that goes into the opportunity that comes with being a relentless educator. In our roles as leaders and educators there are going to be many circumstances that are going to knock us down and challenge us all on our ability to get back up each and every time and come back for more.

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Featured Book

Relentless: Changing Lives by Disrupting the Educational Normby Hamish Brewer

Relentless: Changing Lives by Disrupting the Educational Norm

by Hamish Brewer

Be Relentless!

Hamish Brewer (aka the Tattooed Skateboarding Principal) grew up in a home disrupted by poverty, addiction, and family dysfunction. He understands the feelings of fear, lostness, and desperation that overwhelm too many children today—because that was his life. That experience is what drives him to work relentlessly to empower people living in the toughest areas to envision and create a better future for themselves.

Disrupt the norm. That is the challenge Hamish, a Nationally Distinguished Principal, calls educators, students, families, and communities to accept. And as he authentically shares his life experiences and adventures in this book, you, too, will be inspired to . . .

  • Believe that something bigger and better is possible.
  • Pursue your best, whatever it takes.
  • Transform your school.
  • Become the educator you always dreamed of being.
  • Leave a legacy that pushes others to achieve their best!

Relentless is more than a motto. It’s a mission of total passion and purpose. And it’s the only way to win at work and at life.


Are you ready to take your life and work to the next level?Be Relentless!

“Hamish proves that passion, love, and thinking outside the box have the power to change children’s lives.” —Michael Ien Cohen, director and producer, Humanity Stoked

“This book is no gimmick; it is a way of being. It is real. We must fight for all children. We must be all in. So, roll up your sleeves. Show those tattoos. And be Relentless.” —John P. Broome, PhD, associate professor of education, University of Mary Washington

“In Relentless, Hamish Brewer shares a story of hope, love, and inspiration for making schools better. It is one part memoir, one part school-improvement guide, and a whole lot of motivation.” —Beth Houf, principal, Fulton Middle School; coauthor, Lead Like a PIRATE


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One More Round With Hamish Brewer

The ILA General Session speaker on how a relentless attitude can change anything - By Colleen Patrice Clark Hamish Brewer just doesn’t know when to quit. When it seemed like...
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Principal of the Year: Hamish Brewer, Fred Lynn Middle School

Hamish Brewer Principal, Fred Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia You show me a kid that can't learn, I've just met a teacher that gave up on...
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Disruptive Excellence

  By Natalia Rietveld  Hamish Brewer is not your typical principal and his unruly approach is yielding academic excellence from the most unlikely places.  Born and...
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Relentless Leadership

  When the name Hamish Brewer is mentioned, a number of words come to mind; relentless, innovative, maverick and loyal. Hamish Brewer is a visionary unfazed by...
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Award-winning principal to take over at Fred Lynn Middle School

Hamish Brewer, who in April earned a statewide distinction for his achievements as the principal of Occoquan Elementary School, will take over the top job at Fred M. Lynn...
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Test scores, meet tribe wars: A successful shakeup at Occoquan Elementary

Fifth-grader Matthew Benitez, right, pumps his fist after being sorted Tuesday into Lealtad, the Occoquan Elementary “tribe” that typifies loyalty. Principal Hamish Brewer...
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