|Name Geoffrey Andrews|
Geoffrey G Andrews (born in 1961) is an educator and a former director at the Western Academy of Beijing. Spending most of his career in Ohio he has now began an international job in China. Geoff has been involved in education for twenty-seven years. By invitation of the governor of Ohio, Andrews served on the Creativity and Innovation in Education Commission and on the Ohio State task force to redefine educational leadership.
- Early Employment
- Polaris Career Center
- Oberlin City School District
- Western Academy of Beijing
Geoff Andrews was born second of four children to George and Marlene Andrews. He grew up in Oberlin, Ohio and attended the local public schools where he was a National Merit Finalist. He then attended Dartmouth and did a study abroad program in France. Andrews graduated with Honors from Dartmouth College where he studied mathematics and economics. He then completed his graduate work at Villanova University in the United States.
Following graduation from Dartmouth College, Geoff accepted an appointment as computer coordinator at the Westtown School in Westtown, PA where he taught mathematics and computer science. While at Westtown he helped develop the first AP computer science examination and in 1985 was funded by the National Science Foundation to work on a new computer language for education. In 1986 Geoff entered Villanova University's graduate program in computer science and taught mathematics there. He completed his master's degree in 1988; during the years he was studying and teaching at Villanova Andrews also worked as a database designer at Isolite, in sales at IBM and earned his private pilot's license. After graduating he began work at EFD interprises and subsequently went to PMC engineering. In 1991 his wife was promoted to a management position in IBM to Cleveland Ohio and he came along with her. Starting in Ohio he worked as the Technology Director for the Chagrin Falls Schools located east of Cleveland.
Polaris Career Center
In 1995 Polaris Career Center hired Andrews to work with all of their associated school districts. In 1996 at Polaris Geoff created the Instruction Learning and Technology Leadership Institute, which trained hundreds of teachers to leverage technology as a catalyst to improve learning. That led, in 1997 to Andrews and Polaris receiving a ten million dollar Technology Innovation Challenge Grant from the US Department of Education. The grant focused on the unique and compelling uses of the internet in education. The grant paid to train 10,000 teachers in Cleveland, Miami and Phoenix, and led to Andrews being named one of 15 Shapers of the Future across the country. In 2003 Andrews was given the role as Assistant Superintendent of Polaris. At Polaris Andrews oversaw:
Oberlin City School District
In 2006 Geoffrey Andrews filled the position of Superintendent at the Oberlin City Schools, a district who was in academic watch at the time. Oberlin is now the first full K-12 International Baccalaureate (IB) district in Ohio. The IB is split into the Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, and the Diploma Program. Founded in 1968, IB is made to develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. In 2011, for the first time ever, Oberlin received a rating of Excellent from the state. Every graduating student has also been accepted to college.
Western Academy of Beijing
Andrews was appointed director of the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) for the 2011−12 school year. WAB is a full IB international school located in China consisting of approximately 1,500 students from over 50 countries worldwide.