Leadership and Professional Learning Specialist
MS, Education, Lehman College
BA, Advertising, Pepperdine University
Andrew Simmerman is a Leadership and Professional Learning Specialist at the Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC). Prior to joining MTLC, Andrew was the Head of Partnerships at Teach For America – San Diego where he was responsible for building school, district, and community partnerships while also supporting in alumni affairs and development.
Andrew earned a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Pepperdine University in 2008 and, knowing that he wanted to seek justice in his career after working with then-startup TOMS Shoes, he moved to New York City to join Teach For America as a corps member. He taught 9th and 10th grade English as a Second Language at a small bilingual high school in the South Bronx, and later taught 6th grade reading at a charter school in Los Angeles.
A proud San Diego native, Andrew returned to his hometown after four years of teaching and earning his Master’s in Education to become an instructor with Reality Changers. Andrew believes in the potential of all students, regardless of their zip code, and during his time at Reality Changers worked with low-income high school seniors throughout the entire college application process.
Andrew is a 2015 graduate of LEAD San Diego IMPACT and part of the inaugural cohort of the RISE San Diego Urban Leaders Fellowship Program. While not at work, he loves to go to concerts, read at coffee shops, and attend San Diego State University Men’s Basketball games with his family.