Headmaster, Neighborhood House Charter School
Kevin Andrews is the founding headmaster of the Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS), which opened in 1995. NHCS is a publicly-funded but independently-managed elementary and middle school; in the 2006-7 school year it will serve 380 students. The mission of the Neighborhood House Charter School is to offer quality education to a diverse community of Boston children through a neighborhood-based school that integrates education with social services and health care programs for the benefit of students and their families that otherwise have limited public educational opportunities.
Mr. Andrews is also the co-founder of the Project for School Innovation, which was launched in 2002 as a pilot of NHCS to transform education by empowering public school educators to share their successes and drive school change. Since NHCS is a full-service school, Kevin has forged a significant number of community partnerships to meet the needs of his students and their families. In early 2006 Mr. Andrews and the school's 60-plus staffers and 330 students moved into a new facility on Queen Street, Dorchester, the reward, Kevin says, for their past work in becoming one of the state's better performing pubic schools.
Kevin Andrews has been an educator for 30 years, during which time he has taught everything from early childhood to the post-graduate level. His leadership roles have included president of the Brookline Educators Association, principal of a K-6 school in Newton, and principal of a K-8 school in Brookline. He has taught at many Boston area colleges and was an adjunct faculty member at Lesley College.
Mr. Andrews holds a B.A. in education from the University of Massachusetts and an M.Ed. from Antioch College.