Andrew Schmitz is a Co-Director of 5Essentials, Leadership Development. In this role, he leads and manages the vision and implementation of UChicago Impact's 5Essentials professional learning and leadership coaching offerings.
Andy began his career in education as a teacher in Chicago's South Side. He has also worked as an Instructional Coach and Assistant Principal. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MAT from Dominican University, and an MPP from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.
Leadership development is the critical driver of sustained and meaningful school improvement. School leadership is often ranked second as factors that impact student achievement. But too often, leadership teams are under-developed and under-support. Being able to help, coach, and support school leaders is a great privilege.