ANDREW NELSON, M.ED.

Lead Trainer
andrew.nelson@centerforstudentachievement.org
602-944-0644 ext. 311

Andrew is in his fifth year with the Center for Student Achievement and is currently a doctoral student at Arizona State University for Leadership and Innovation. He joined our staff from the classroom, where he taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade science, math, writing, and vocabulary through Teach For America. Andrew has experience teaching in an Arizona charter school and knows first-hand how using data can improve student achievement. While in the classroom, Andrew’s students increased their passing rate on the AIMS Science exam by 42%; his science program was one of only 28 in Arizona designated by the National Center for Educational Achievement as “Higher Performing” based on student growth; he was a vital member of the four-person team that improved the school’s letter grade from an “F” to a “B,” in only two years. Andrew also founded the after-school STEM Club and authored and received a $30,000 grant from the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Science Center to incorporate cutting-edge Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math into the curriculum. He is excited to share his passion for school choice and education equity in Arizona. While teaching, Andrew earned his Master’s in Secondary Education from Arizona State University. Prior to living and teaching in Arizona, he studied at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota.