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Dr. Brian Blake

Superintendent, SAU #17

The New Hampshire School Administrators Association, in coordination with the American Association of School Administrators, has announced that Dr. Brian Blake is the New Hampshire Superintendent of the Year for 2015-16. Dr. Blake, Superintendent of Schools for the Sanborn Regional School District, will receive a special award during the National Conference on Education in Phoenix, AR in February 2016.

Brian was selected for this honor by a panel of his peers and from a distinguished group of nominees. Brain Stack, Sanborn Regional High School Principal, said, “Brian is, by far, the most dedicated and enthusiastic Superintendent we have ever had the privilege to work for. He strives to make the Sanborn Schools one of the best in our State, and he works tirelessly on behalf of all the children in our district on a daily basis.”

Ellen Hume-Howard, Director of Curriculum for the Sanborn school district, offered this praise with respect to Brian, “Listening is by far Brian’s greatest strength. But more than just being a listener, Brian values the voices of everyone in our organization and in the community. There is no decision that he makes that he doesn’t include the interests of all the parties involved. Students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members will tell you that because he has listened, Brian is regarded as fair, honest, and a leader who makes decisions about what is best for everyone, but most importantly what is best for children.”

Jonathan Vander Els, Principal of Memorial Elementary School, said, “The growth our district has demonstrated over the past six years has been immense, and the schools and educators within Sanborn are now frequently contacted by other educators throughout the State of New Hampshire and the country to inquire about the work we are doing within Professional Learning Communities and with competency-based grading and assessment. Dr. Blake has been instrumental in encouraging us to pursue changes that will allow us to better help students, all the while providing the structure to do this work in a way that will be least disruptive to the learning environment.”

Brian’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Individual and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in Psychology from New York University, his Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies from Plymouth State College in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.

Prior to becoming Superintendent for the Sanborn school district, Brian has worked with students at the Spaulding Youth Center and in residential treatment facilities in New Jersey. In addition, he has served as the superintendent of schools for the Hopkinton and Farmington school districts. Brian has successfully navigated through a variety of experiences, including the construction of an elementary school, a nearly $1 million dollar budget cut, and a number of crises involving students and staff. Additionally, he has had success in negotiating a variety of bargaining unit contracts with teachers and support staff.

For the past six years, Brian has been the Superintendent of the Sanborn Regional school district, where he is committed to created a more welcoming and supportive learning environment for all students, parents, and staff. Under his leadership, the district developed the first strategic plan in nearly 20 years.

Dr. Blake chairs the Legislative and Scholarship committees and is an active member of the Professional Development and Policies and Resolution committees. He also belongs to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), serves as Chair of the Seacoast School of Technology Governing Board and is the superintendent liaison to the New Hampshire Music Educator’s Association.

Brian and his wife Annette live in Loudon, New Hampshire and have been married for nearly 20 years. They have a daughter Abby, who attends Northeastern University and a son, Hunter, who attends Bishop Brady High School.

Mark V. Joyce, Executive Director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, noted, “Brain Blake is a wonderful example of a true Champion for Children, working tirelessly on behalf of the children and citizens of his communities.”