Swansea principal McCann looks back at 35 years at Case High School

SWANSEA — No one can accuse Brian McCann of phoning it in.

McCann, principal at Joseph Case High School, is retiring at the end of the current school year after 18 years on the job and 35 years working at the school. In that time, he’s gone viral for his parody music videos, acted in productions by the school’s theater department (he’s fresh off a run as Elle Woods’ father in “Legally Blonde”) and has begun each day, for years, by standing outside and saying good morning to students as they come in, greeting most of the school’s 540 students by name.

“I’ve always been about relationships first,” he said.

In 1987, McCann had recently finished earning a master’s degree in journalism when a vice principal from the high school, his alma mater, called him offering him a job as a substitute English teacher, a role that became a long-term substitute and later a full time position.

Case High Principal Brian McCann is retiring at the end of the current school year after 18 years on the job.  He also helped launch an international social media trend with #positivesignthursday.

McCann said he never planned to become a teacher, but he loved it right away. He remembers being disappointed when the weekend rolled around each week. He wouldn’t be done with school at 2:30, instead coming back at night to direct their theater productions.

“You know when you just know something’s right for you? It was just right,” he said. “There were tremendous possibilities each day for making a difference, making a connection.”

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