Andrea joined The Riviera Ridge School in 2015 and brings with her over 25 years of teaching and administrative experience in elementary education and college levels. Andrea has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in Biology and Economics; a Master’s of Science from the University of Oregon in Marine Biology; a MEd from the University of California in Teaching and Learning; and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from California State University. Andrea also holds a California Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Preliminary Administrator’s Credential.
Andrea taught Kindergarten, 1st and 4th grade in the Santa Barbara School District and 4th grade and Beginning Spanish (K-5th) at Balboa Academy, an international independent school in Panama. In her 4th year at Balboa Academy, Andrea became the Director of Teaching and Learning (Preschool - 12th) guiding curriculum alignment, professional development, and accreditation and the Preschool and Elementary Principal. Prior to moving to Panama, she worked as a lecturer and supervisor of student teachers at UCSB. Andrea enjoys spending time with her family: Mark who is a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and adjunct research biologist at UCSB, and Erik, student at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Alex, student at Santa Barbara City College. They enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, cooking, and spending time on the beach.