Educator Spotlight: Andrea Pringle

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Throughout the year, RISE will be shining a light on some of the many talented educators we partner with to achieve our mission of ensuring all students graduate with a plan and the skills and confidence to achieve college and career success.

This month we learn more about Andrea Pringle, Assistant Principal at Middletown High School.

Q: What led you to get into the field of education?

I first came into education through being an SAT tutor once a week for students from low-income backgrounds. This experience sparked my dedication towards the power of helping students grow personally and academically through learning. From there, I applied for Teach for America in my senior year of college and upon acceptance, I launched my career in Education and never turned back. My journey started and still continues with students, their growth, their hopes for their futures, and the opportunity to be a part of this progression at the center.

Q: Why did you choose to become an educator?

I chose to become an educator to provide students with the guidance, patience, and understanding they need to reach their best selves. I have always modeled my practices after the statement “be who you needed.” Therefore through partnership with the school community, parents, and students, I strive to uplift students through support that happens in and outside of the classroom as well as the schoolhouse doors. Truthfully, I feel as though education chose me. It has always felt right to do what I have been given the honor and privilege to do every single day working in this field.

Q: Who was an educator that inspired and shaped you?

I had a few incredible English teachers along the way who inspired me to become an educator and, coincidentally enough, a past English teacher as well. Mrs. Stone, my 5th grade ELA teacher started this pattern by taking the time to tell me how talented I was and coaching me on how to improve my writing. In high school, my AP Language teacher Mrs. Underhill, pushed me to strive for a 4 on the exam and even included my mother in this goal-setting to ensure I was held accountable at school and at home. Lastly, my high school basketball coach and AP Psychology teacher, now Dr. Graf, introduced me to the beauty of hardwork and modeled how grace and kindness can truly make a difference in the lives of others. Through and through, being surrounded by educators who extended the impact beyond the classroom walls and past content-specific learning objectives shaped me into the person and educator I am today.

Q: What’s one of your proudest accomplishments as an educator?

Being nominated as my past school and district’s selection as “Teacher of the Year” was a district honor in my teaching career that I will never forget. Most importantly, the time spent, lessons learned, and memories created with the students and families I served captured in that title is an accomplishment that I will forever cherish and remain grounded by.

Q: Can you share with us a professional and a personal fun fact?

Professional: I have taught at the middle school, high school, and college level and I am a past district-level “Teacher of the Year.” 

Personal: My favorite way to travel is by cruise ship!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I love to experiment in the kitchen by trying out new recipes. I also love to do anything that allows me to be outside such as going for a run, going on a hike, or enjoying a day at the beach.