Brian Keyser, M.Ed.
Adjunct Professor of Education
Mr. Brian Keyser is currently the Principal of Jamestown Area High School (JHS) in northwest Mercer County, PA. He has been principal there since March of 2005 and will celebrate ten years in the position in 2015. He also spent the first 9.5 years at Jamestown High School as the Guidance Counselor and has been employed with the Jamestown Area District for over 19 years.
During his tenure at Jamestown Brian has worked with his dedicated teachers and staff to continually be near or at the top of the area school districts in terms of academic achievement. JHS has been named “One of America’s Best High Schools” by U.S. News and World Report five times in his ten years as the leader of the school. He was also instrumental in implanting four Advanced Placement Courses at JHS in Biology, U.S. History, English Language, and English Literature. He is a strong proponent of Dual Enrollment and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs at his school in order to provide his students opportunities to challenge themselves and explore potential career paths. He also believes that educators, especially those in leadership positions, should be willing to change and evolve and show the necessary flexibility to make informed decisions that will benefit their students.
Brian was born and raised in Somerset, PA and graduated with his B.S. in Secondary Education (Social Studies) from California University of PA. He received his Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Frostburg State University (MD). He also completed the Principal’s Certification Program through Edinboro University (PA) and the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility Program, also through California University of PA.
Brian resides in Jamestown, PA with his wife Renee (who is also a public school educator) and his children Mikayla, Darian, and Cameron. He is a life-long Pittsburgh sports fan, cheering for the Pitt Football and Basketball programs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also has coached Little League Baseball and elementary basketball for a number of years.
Brian’s favorite books are “Catching Up or Leading the Way” by Yong Zhao, “Training Camp” by John Gordon, and the Bible.