Andie seeks to know who people are within her teaching. From the junior high students who demonstrated how they lived amidst cultural and gang violence effectively to the culturally-diverse kindergartners who showed her new ways of living as readers and writers, Andie has learned how to teach from her students. She carries a committed focus to see, hear and know each learner as well as discover what creates the community of knowing in each class she is a part of. Reading and writing has served as an entrance into many educational conversations in her career with young and adult learners. Finding ways for learners to communicate what they know from life and the books they read has been a crucial path in her work within literacy. Andie serves as co-coordinator of the Reading Endorsement program and teaches literacy courses in the preservice and inservice programs. She is a National Courage and Renewal facilitator, and she consistently brings the Courage to Teach work to the people she works with.
In addition to loving to read and write, Andie loves to mountain bike on gnarly, jump-filled trails like 338 Loop and Hide and Seek at Sandy Ridge up on Mount Hood with her partner. She also loves to blog with her teen daughter on their reading adventures: Book Peep Wonders.