Ms. Andreas has joined the Grayson faculty to teach both Social Studies and Language Arts. She earned dual undergraduate degrees in History and in Education from American University, where she also earned her Master’s degree in Secondary School Education.
Prior to joining the Grayson faculty, Ms. Andreas worked in the Washington, D.C. public school system, where she taught middle schoolers as well as high school students. She has taught AP U. S. Government; U. S. Government and Politics; and D.C. History, all of which were writing-intensive courses. Her experience to date has been concentrated primarily in high-need (Title I) schools, both in classrooms and as part of robust after-school programs designed to help close the achievement gap in the D.C. public school system. She has also worked with the Close Up Foundation, a nonprofit institution whose mission is to help students “exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.” During her time with Close Up, she was privileged to work with students from nearly all 50 states, and she worked closely with programs supporting the Bureau of Indian Affairs and English Language Learners.
Ms. Andreas’s own words about the reasons she teaches offer the clearest and most powerful distillation of her commitment to her students: “I teach because I believe empowering students to learn the difference between how to think and what to think is the only way to overcome injustice and inequality. I teach because students deserve high expectations and the social-emotional support that will help them achieve those high expectations in their learning community. Finally, I teach because my heart won’t let me do anything else.”