Poverty does not define you

Hamish Brewer: “You are not a ‘just’”

Veteran principal Hamish Brewer reminds educators that they matter, they are enough and their work saves lives every day in his keynote address at ASCD 2024.

By Kanoe Namahoe 03/25/24

“No one gets to do what we do. No one gets to turn up and have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s most prized possession. They give us their very best, their child. We get to serve that person; we get to be the opportunity, the hope,” said former principal Hamish Brewer during his keynote address Sunday at ASCD 2024.

The tattooed, skateboarding educator from New Zealand encouraged and challenged attendees during a high-energy presentation that included lights, music, and dancing (even the haka!) Here are highlights from his address. 

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