As an undergraduate student at Oregon State University, Andrew studied political science with a focus on state and federal educational policy. While President of the Associated Students of OSU, and Chair of the Oregon Student Association, he had the opportunity to serve as an ex-officio member of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. This experience ignited his passion for educational equity and community organizing. Following his graduation from Lewis and Clark College with a master's degree in Teaching Social Studies, he taught high school social studies for three years in Okemos, Michigan. His interest in gaining a global perspective on education grew as he was blessed with both the opportunity to teach in southern Poland and visit Ecuador on a Fulbright Group Program Abroad. He was attracted to MSU's Educational Policy program because of the faculty expertise and the incredibly supportive community. The program has provided him with a summer research appointment, a seamless transition from his career as a teacher, and a number of unique educational opportunities. As a University Distinguished Fellow, his research interests include teacher collaboration, the politics of education, and curriculum design. The College of Education also funded a Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding month long trip to study the educational system in China. He was also elected to the Okemos School Board in the fall of 2009.