The official biography below was current at the time of the award.
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.