Dr. Andrus is an educational researcher and program evaluator who focuses primarily on schools and other organizations serving children. She completed her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education with a focus on teacher education and curriculum studies. Her dissertation centered on teacher learning through inquiry in an urban public girls’ school. Her research interests include school culture, teacher inquiry, practitioner research, participatory action research, teacher education, alternative teacher certification and single-sex schooling. Dr. Andrus holds a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and a M.A. in Liberal Studies from St. John’s College. She taught high school English for four years prior to beginning her doctoral work. While at the University of Pennsylvania she was a part of several research teams, was an instructor for qualitative research courses and also worked as a Research Coach for doctoral students, helping them design and implement their dissertation research. She is a former Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, which helps independent schools conduct participatory research with students and teachers. In addition to serving on the board of Renaissance Secondary School, she is currently serving as a parent representative on the Douglas County Gifted Education Advisory Committee.