Brian Hetzel



Professional Journey


Born and raised in Springfield, MA, Brian first entered the independent school world as a student at Suffield Academy. Upon graduating in 1997, he ventured north into the Adirondacks to attend St. Lawrence University, where he received his BA in Psychology, studied abroad in Kenya and captained the track and field teams. Remaining at St. Lawrence, Brian attained his M.Ed. in counseling and human development. During the summer breaks, Brian worked in various faculty and administration roles at the Loomis Chaffee School summer program. After graduation, Brian returned to his high school alma mater, Suffield Academy, to work in the admission office, coach extensively and serve as a dorm parent. Wanting to focus more on working with students who have learning differences, Brian moved on to the admission office at the Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, MA. Upon making the move back to Connecticut, Brian served as the Associate Director of Admission at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. After deciding to make the switch to educational consulting, Brian helped co-found Holt & Hetzel, where he worked with families to help navigate the admission process starting in 2013. 



  • St. Lawrence University, M.ED., 2004

  • St. Lawrence University, B.S., 2002

Before Hetzel Educational Consulting

  • Cofounder of Holt & Hetzel Educational Consulting

  • Cheshire Academy, Associate Director of Admission

  • Eagle Hill School, Associate Director of Admission


  • Suffield Academy, Assistant Director of Admission

  • Loomis Chaffee Summer School, Faculty

 Outside the Office  


  • Currently Watching: Arsenal Football Club, anything soccer, PBS series Finding Your Roots, The Watchmen



  • Currently Reading: Robin, by Dave Itzkoff and Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom by Norman Finkelstein.


  • Currently Listening To: Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile



  • Recent Training: Finished the Boston Marathon for Boston Children's Hospital Miles for Miracles team in April 2018. Currently enjoying running miles and getting out in the wooded trails. 



  • Next Race: Local 5k and 10ks and possibly a half marathon in the spring. Until then, a lot of skiing when the snow falls!

You may be surprised to know


  • Brian speaks Kiswahili, a language he learned while studying abroad in Kenya during college. While his fluency has diminished over the years, his love for the language and country remains.

  • He is an enthusiastic soccer fan, especially when it comes to The Arsenal Football Club. Any mention of other English teams will lead to lengthy and passionate discussions as to why only one club is worth following.

  • Brian once ran a 125-mile ultra race through the Colorado Rockies. Over six days, he gained more than 25,000 vertical feet.