Barb Hansen

Instructional Leader

Began at Teachwell:


Why did you choose this field?

I think I’ve always known that I would become a teacher. In fact, I don’t remember considering any other occupation. A principal for whom I have a great deal of respect, encouraged me to become a principal. I enjoy sharing my passion for teaching and learning with other educators.   

What or who most inspires you? 

I am inspired by students’ natural desire to learn and their passion for living life to its fullest.
I am inspired by people who face adversity and have the courage to survive and inspire others. 

How do you hope to make a difference?

Educators are facing extreme adversity right now, and expectations for them have increased drastically. I hope that I can contribute to the passions that inspired us to pursue our degrees as educators and school leaders – providing a quality education for students. 

What is your background experience – degrees, experience, skills? 


8th -12th English teacher in Hurley, SD 

9th – 12th English, drama teacher in Vermillion, SD 

Education Specialist at ESA 2 

English teacher/JH&HS Principal in Hurley, SD

JH and HS Principal in Hurley, SD and Viborg, SD

JH/HS Principal, Special Education Director in Viborg-Hurley School District

Instructional Leader at ESA 2 (current position)


Bachelor of Arts (Secondary English Education) Northern State University

What keeps you motivated? 

A continued passion for students and what we can guide them to learn