Ryan Hansen-Vera, Principal

Ms. Hansen joined BRSSD in July of 2020. She has 22 years of experience in education having served as an elementary school teacher and administrator at the middle school level. Ms. Hansen is a student-centered leader dedicated to building school cultures that best support the social, emotional, and academic needs of all children. Her leadership is dedicated to supporting the teaching community and enriching parental involvement to collectively provide the best learning outcomes for all students.


Ms. Hansen began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Evergreen School District in San Jose. Working with primary students, she quickly developed a passion for literacy with a focus in teaching writing. As a teacher, Ms. Hansen found great joy inspiring students to find their voice, communicate their ideas, and express their opinions. These themes have remained true throughout Ms. Hansen's roles as an Instructional Coach, Teacher Induction Leader, Assistant Principal, Site Director, and in her current position as a Principal.


Ms. Hansen is a New York City native. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Molloy College and a Master’s degree from California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) in Educational Leadership and Social Justice. Currently, she is a Doctoral Student at Loyola Marymount University. 


On a personal note, Ms. Hansen's favorite role is being a mother and a Nesbit Puma Parent. In July of 2018, her youngest daughter, Scarlett, who is a rising 3rd grader at Nesbit School, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Scarlett successfully completed treatment September 27, 2020. Ms. Hansen and her family dedicate their time to raising pediatric cancer awareness. She also enjoys podcasts, live music, and sightseeing.