To say that the end of the 2019 - 2020 school year was unusual is an understatement.  Covid 19 continues to spread throughout the country, ensuring that the 2020 - 2021 school year will be anything but routine.  We are all in this together.  It's becoming cliche, but at BVW, it's the truth.  Whether the students or staff are in school or online, this community knows how to rally to make sure that everyone succeeds. As Mrs. G used to tell the kids, "WE CAN DO HARD THINGS."  Here's to hoping we can look back next spring and realize that not only did we make it -- we are a stronger community because of it.



Brian Orrenmaa, better known to his students as Mr. O, joined West Elementary School as the school principal in August of 2020 when he returned to Ohio after serving 6 years as a principal in Alexandria, Virginia.  Prior to relocating to Virginia, Mr. O after spent his career as a school administrator and teacher in northern central Ohio.  In addition to his principal duties, he has served as a Commissioner representing the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission in Alexandria.   He was named as a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce in 2018 and served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Elementary Principal Association.  

Mr. O has placed emphasis on communication, strategic planning, professional learning communities, instructional coaching and facility management. In previous assignments, he has concentrated specifically on the implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to support all learners.

Prior to his experience as a school administrator, Mr. O worked as an elementary and middle school teacher in rural and suburban school divisions. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education (K-8) from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and a Master's in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. He holds a valid teacher, principal, and superintendent license. 

You can follow Mr. O on Twitter at @BV_West

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