Alison Andrews

Senior Specialist, East Team and Louisiana

aandrews@niet.org

Alison Andrews has been an educator for 36 years, beginning as an elementary teacher and guidance counselor. She then served as a school principal for 10 years. Working with a strong and dedicated staff to improve student achievement, her school was recognized by the Cain Center as a Model School for showing exceptional growth using best instructional practices.

She has 14 years of experience at the district level as a supervisor. As supervisor of magnet programs her work included supporting Montessori, International Baccalaureate, and Communication Arts programs. Her most recent and rewarding work has been coaching and supporting school administrators as a principal supervisor in the Tangipahoa Parish School System in Louisiana. Her work with principals includes providing coaching feedback, observations, and evaluations using NIET’s Principal Standards Rubric.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Louisiana Tech University, a Master of Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in counseling and personnel services, and an Education Specialist from Northwestern State University in guidance and counseling. She completed certification as a principal and supervisor of instruction at McNeese State University and educational leader level 3 as school superintendent.

 Alison  Andrews

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

I am passionate about working for NIET because I appreciate and understand how important a teacher is to a student’s start in life. NIET practices provide respectful and professional supports and tools to help teachers learn and grow on a daily basis in the hard work they do to make students successful. This support helps teachers become confident in their own skills and carries over to positive interactions with their students.

Who is your favorite teacher?

I loved school and had many great teachers. The two teachers who impacted me most were my first grade teacher, Mrs. Tubre, and my high school English teacher, who later became my college professor, Mrs. Howell. They both believed in my abilities and made me feel successful and confident. They encouraged my love of reading by exposing me to great stories and made me want to do my best.

What do you do in your free time?

I love spending time outdoors especially growing flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. I also love fishing, and can spend an entire day on the lake waiting for that big catch. My other love is reading. I read every night, whether two minutes or two hours. It is my way to wind down from the day.