I am deeply honored and humbled to receive the Presidential Award. I view it as a leadership opportunity and feel a responsibility to share the knowledge and skills I have learned and developed with the next generation of teachers. This award encourages me to continue learning and growing as an educator, to inspire my students to fulfill their educational goals, and to foster effective collaboration with my colleagues and administrators. I am grateful to my students who inspire me every day.
Brian Hanna just finished his 20th year of teaching, spending the last 17 at Newport High School. He primarily teaches Algebra II, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies, IB Mathematics Standard Level, and Physics.
Brian uses his physics background to create opportunities for students to discover and explore practical applications of mathematical relationships. In addition, he allows students to investigate and mathematically analyze diverse topics, such as dance, food science, and horse racing, which they themselves are passionate about. He is enthusiastic about incorporating technology to assist in this pursuit by incorporating data and video capture and analysis, and by using digital logic and programming.
Currently, Brian leads the Mathematics Professional Learning Community in Lincoln County School District. He also serves on the Oregon State Mathematics Content Panel. Brian advocates for increased female representation in mathematics as an active supporter and presenter at Sonia Kovalevsky Day, which is hosted annually by the Western Oregon University Math Department to inspire young women in the pursuit of mathematical studies.
Brian earned a B.S. in physics with a mathematics minor from Brigham Young University, a M.S. in physics, and a M.A.T. in science education from Oregon State University. He is a National Board Certified Teacher.