Andrea Francis '11

I am very passionate about equipping future educators with the tools to advocate for students who have unique and diverse needs.
Andrea Francis '11

After completing student teaching with TPP, Andrea began her career as a Special Educator at North Star Academy Charter Middle School in Newark, NJ. Andrea served as the Special Education Services Coordinator, Department Chair, and Instructional Leader from March 2013-June 2016, in addition to serving as a Special Education teacher (5th-8th resource room and in-class support) from February 2012-June 2016.

Andrea is currently serving as a Special Education Specialist (teaching and case managing) at KIPP Bayview Academy in San Francisco, California, where she began working in July 2016. Andrea will transition out of the classroom to work for the KIPP Bay Area Schools Regional Support Office as a Special Education Program Specialist supporting and supervising the teachers and Special Education programs at the school sites. Andrea has chosen to transition out of the classroom in order to support teachers, decrease teacher burnout, and create highly effective Special Education programs that address the needs of students, are inclusive of families, and are sustainable for teachers.

Andrea participates in TPP seminars each semester in order to provide expertise on Special Education to the student teachers, in addition to continuing her involvement in the Princeton community, and the TPP community specifically, in various ways. Andrea will continue to spend her career working to address inequity in public schools in historically underserved communities, specifically through the lens of creating and implementing effective and inclusive Special Education programs.