2022 Commitment to Excellence Award Recipient
With a B.A in German & Italian from University of Michigan and a M.A. in Educational Studies from University of Michigan, Andy begins his 21st year as a German teacher at OHS. He is especially excited about a new adventure this year teaching an 8th grade German course at Chippewa. This is the only district he has worked in and he cannot imagine ever wanting to be anywhere else.
Andy particularly enjoys interacting with students both within and beyond the classroom. He inherited a wonderful immersion exchange program from his predecessor, Sarah Juntune, and has organized 8 such exchanges with a partner school in Radebeul, a beautiful, small town on the outskirts of the wonderful city of Dresden.
He spent his first nine years at OHS coaching soccer; the past ten years he served as OHS quiz bowl advisor.
He is in constant awe of the professionalism and dedication of everyone in the OPS. Likewise, he feels grateful every day for the opportunity to work in a community that so values and supports its schools. Despite living in an adjacent district, Andy and his wife, Kim, have chosen to have their children attend Okemos schools and they are proud to all be wolves!
Quirky facts: Andy spent two separate years studying abroad in Germany, one in Freiburg and the other in Heidelberg. He also had a two-month stint working in the Kellogg’s packaging plant in Bremen. He is a self-confessed soccer fanatic and avid supporter of SC Freiburg!