Mr. Brian Hanselman
Secondary Assistant Principal at Lowville Academy
It is with great enthusiasm I start my second year at Lowville Academy. It’s hard to believe that one year ago, my educational journey at Lowville began. Looking back, I can now say how truly special Lowville is. This is a community that supports each other, has a genuine connection with each child, and gives all students the 21st century skills needed to live a successful and happy life.
Previously, I worked in Virginia as a teacher, coach, and administrator. Two years ago, I was the Assistant Principal of Trailside Middle School located in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. This experience was an incredible learning opportunity and broadened my knowledge and skills of school leadership and education. Some of my previous administrative experiences include; Dean of students, Summer School Principal, and curriculum writing.
My educational background started in New York. I grew up in Amherst and graduated from Sweet Home High School. I continued my education earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Health Education from SUNY Cortland. While attending Cortland, I was a collegiate athlete in football and wrestling earning Academic All-American and All-State honors. After relocating to Virginia, I continued my education at George Mason University earning another Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
My philosophy towards education is similar to my philosophy of being a good father. I strive to be visible, accessible, collaborative, hard-working, and honest. I enjoy working with students of all ages and teaching the importance of academic achievement, good character, and maintaining a positive attitude. For a child to be academically healthy, they must also be emotionally healthy. As the Assistant Principal, it is my goal to make decisions that are best for kids and instill a growth mindset. I strive to teach children how to reach their maximum potential by learning from mistakes and making the necessary adjustments to be successful. Everyone has a starting point, but there is no limit to our success.
I currently reside in Lowville with my wife Andrea and two children, Mia and Max. Mia is nine years old in the fourth grade. Max is five years old in kindergarten. My wife Andrea will start her first year in the Lowville school district as a fourth grade teacher. She comes with twelve years of elementary experience. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.