Getting to Know You

Brian HoolihanBrian Hoolihan

Mr. Brian Hoolihan is a new Social Studies teacher at Hudson Junior High School. He's been teaching for several years and enjoys helping students develop historical perspectives.

Here are a few things to help you get to know more about Mr. Hoolihan:

What is your role here at the Hudson City School District, and where do you work?
I am a middle school Social Studies teacher at Hudson Junior High School. I teach both 7th and 8th grade United States History.

When did you start working here?
I started in September 2017, so this is my first year working for the H.C.S.D. Go Bluehawks!

What do you like most about your job?
I love sharing my passion and enthusiasm for history with my students. It’s exciting when they ask questions and develop historical perspectives. I thoroughly enjoy the energy that my students bring to class every day and working with such knowledgeable and dedicated staff.

What is your education background?
I graduated from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor’s degree in Adolescence Education
(7-12) with a concentration in Social Studies. I continued my education at SUNY New Paltz, where I graduated with a Master’s degree in Students with Disabilities (7-12).

What is your background like – previous jobs?
Previously I worked in Taconic Hills where I took over a few leave positions. The leave positions were in the elementary and middle schools. My most recent job included working as an 11th grade U.S. History teacher at a private school in Dutchess County. There, I taught Regents, Honors and AP (Advanced Placement) U.S. History courses for several years.

Tell us a bit about your life and interests outside of school.
I grew up in Hopewell Junction, New York where I attended John Jay High School. I have been living in Columbia County now for the past 11 years. I have two younger brothers and come from a relatively small family. My wife Barbara and I just recently welcomed our first child, who we are so in love with. He’s almost three months old and he’s keeping us on our toes.

My interests outside of work include checking out historical sites, going to the movies, spending time outside and trying new restaurants with my wife. I also loving watching all kinds of sports and I am a huge New York Jets fan. In my classroom, I have numerous New York Jets items displayed and hopefully one day I will see my team bring home the Lombardi Trophy.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
“Hard work pays off.”

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”- Ben Franklin