Andy Schaefer

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Prior to joining Transcend, Andy was in Newark, New Jersey working with Uncommon Schools, a network of college-preparatory charter schools in the Northeast, for 5 years. He spent the first year at North Star – West Side Park Elementary (WPES), where he was a founding 3rd grade teacher as well as a principal fellow.

The next 3 years, Andy transitioned to be the leader of North Star РAlexander Street. During the years he led Alexander Street, the 3rd and 4th graders outperformed the state average on both the English and Math state exams. Andy then served at the Colorado Department of Education as a Turnaround Support Manager. He spent two years at the Colorado Department of Education where he supported turnaround schools across the state while launching Colorado’s inaugural Principal Supervisor Network, where he coached and supported districts to support principals in instructional leadership.

Andy earned a BA in Liberal Arts at Bethel College, a Masters in Teaching from Marian University, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Relay Graduate School of Education. Andy is also a former Teacher For America corps member. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his dog Wilson, where most of his extra time is spent listening to music, playing sports, or engaging in conversations with friends.

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