Andrea, a mother of two, business developer by trade, and military spouse, began attending Harris County Department of Education meetings in 2017 in a search for funding for two-way immersion programs in public schools. She found herself shocked at how politized the board was at the time. She decided that someone needed to stand up for the good of the teachers and children in the community.
Since joining the HCDE board in 2019, Andrea has helped to bring all employees' pay to a living wage of $15 an hour, expanded Head Start and adult education programs, and has been an advocate for employee needs. Andrea says she is particularly proud of the Tools for Teachers program, where county public school teachers can choose supplies from the HCDE website to be sent to them at their respective schools, free of charge. This was created to mitigate the need for teachers to pay for supplies out of their own pockets. Andrea is looking forward to affecting much more positive change through another term on the HCDE Board of Trustees.