Andrew J. Elizalde

Bio

Andrew Elizalde earned his B.A. at Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a math major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf award as the most outstanding 2001 graduate of the school's mathematics program. He later obtained a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach with a professoinal-clear qualification for his coursework regarding exceptional children and technology integration. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools in subjects ranging from 5th grade mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. Andrew now serves as the Dean of Academics and Interim Grammar School Head at Covenant Classical School, a K-12 classical Christian school in Forth Worth, Texas. His work in classical schools most notably includes reforming mathematics programs and building professional development learning communities through meaningful professional development. Additionally, Andrew offers consulting services to classical Christian schools and has been a keynote speaker at SCL annual conferences. Andrew and his wife Brooke have three daughters and attend Fort Worth Presbyterian Church.

Curriculum Vitae

EMPLOYMENT

Covenant Classical School | Dean of Academics, Interim Grammar School Head | Fort Worth, TX, June 2014 - Present

  • K-12 curriculum development and management

  • Advancement of curriculum reform initiatives, particularly: mathematics, reading, grammar, and composition

  • Development and interpretation of academic policies

  • Faculty professional development in collaboration with department chairs and grammar school lead teachers

  • Assessment and placement of new students in collaboration with admissions director

  • Hiring, orienting, and coaching new teachers

  • Observing, evaluating, and coaching faculty

  • Strategic planning regarding mission and vision in collaboration with Head of School and School Board

  • Oversight of the growth and refinement of student support services in collaboration with Director of Student Support

Veritas School | Dean of Academics, Lower School Principal, Math Dept Chair | Richmond, VA, Sep 2010 - May 2014

  • Revised K-12 academic policy and practice: master schedule, grading systems, graduation requirements, diploma designations

  • Responsible for all academic components of accreditation with Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS)

  • Designed professional development: informal and formal observations, Critical Friends Tuning ProtocolsLesson Study, etc.

  • Collaborated with public school personnel and private specialists to design Student Support Plans for struggling students

  • Managed lower school discipline for all students; led professional development re Shepherding a Child's Heart

  • Led a comprehensive K-12 reform of mathematics curriculum and pedagogy, including adoption of Math in Focus

Richmond Math Lab | Founder, K-12 Mathematics Tutor | Richmond, VA, Jan 2009 - Aug 2010

  • Successfully launched tutoring business and built client base of students ranging from first grade to college graduates\

  • Regularly tutored approximately 30 students per week: reteaching, review, remediation, enrichment, and test preparation

  • Adapted instruction for weekly sessions with gifted and talented student having Asperger's syndrome

  • Prepared students for standardized tests: SAT I Math, SAT II Math, GRE, DAT, PRAXIS

Westminster Academy | Math Teacher | Richmond, VA, Aug 2009 - June 2010

  • Regularly instructed one section of calculus and one section of pre-calculus to home-schooled students

  • Adapted instruction to a wide spectrum of student ability, knowledge of prerequisites, and academic backgrounds

  • Adapted instruction and condenses curriculum to fit a schedule of two class meetings per week

  • Successfully prepared one student through supplemental instruction for passing of the AB Calculus AP exam

Collegiate School | Math Teacher; Soccer, Cross-Country, and Track Coach | Richmond, VA, Aug 2006 - May 2009

  • Regularly instructed four sections of upper school students and weekly advices one group of upperclassmen

  • Effectively integrated SmartBoard and document camera technology into instruction; maintained class blog

  • Served on professional development team exploring integration of web 2.0 apps into instruction and class management

  • Collaborated with colleagues to launch weekly Critical Friends Tuning Protocols

  • Developed and coached winter track program for middle school athletes, including overseeing three assistant coaches

Palos Verdes High School | Math Teacher, Department Chair, Soccer Coach | Palos Verdes, CA, Sep 2004 - June 2006

  • Regularly instructed five sections of students in classroom size of 25 to 39 pupils

  • Created comprehensive math department handbook and CA standards-based quarterly assessments

  • Served on committee mapping the integration of research and technology skills across the curriculum

  • Received an award from PTSA for recognition of outstanding contribution to school community

  • Concurrently managed private tutoring business for the remediation and enrichment of secondary mathematics

Acad Tutorial Services | Founder, Mathematics Tutor | Palos Verdes, CA, July 2004 - June 2006

  • Founded and managed private tutoring business for the remediation and enrichment of secondary mathematics

  • Built client base through established contacts as well as personal recommendations of colleagues, students, and parents

  • Assembled library of district textbooks and supporting materials including academic, historical, and popular math texts

  • Collaborated with English department representative to design five-week intensive SAT I preparatory course

Richard Gahr High School | Math Teacher | Cerritos, CA, Sep 2002 - July 2004

  • Regularly instructed five sections of students in classroom size of 20 to 36 pupils

  • Served as instructor on integration of polar equations at intensive three-day Calculus AP Camp for students

  • Maintained effective partnership with resource teachers for supporting students with special needs

  • Demonostrated cooperative group techniques in geometry class for McGraw Hill professional development video series

  • Participated in extracurricular student events, including volunteering as an assistant soccer coach

Peninsula Academy | Produc Designer, Math and Physics Tutor | Palos Verdes, CA, July 1997 - June 2004

  • Provided individual and group tutoring to students in all levels of secondary mathematics and physics

  • Organized and instructed courses in critical thinking, problem solving, and contest training for middle school students

  • Prepared high school students for SAT I Math, SAT II Math, and AP Calculus AB and BC standardized tests

  • Authored individually-paced self-taught after-school K-9 math curriculum modeled after Noonnoppi and Kumon

  • Designed workbooks to serve as primary texts for group classes on contest problems, SAT I Math, and proof-writing

EDUCATION

California State University of Long Beach | Long Beach, CA, Jan 2002 - May 2004

Professional-Clear Single-Subject Teaching Credential Program in Mathematics (GPA 3.9)

  • Earned California state teaching certification in mathematics

  • Demonstrated subject-matter mastery by passing all parts of CSET exam in mathematics

  • Received exceptional reviews from professors in response to math lessons created and demonstrated to peers

  • Completed projects on: math and literacy; Korean-American assimilation; management of Conduct Disorder; and technology integration

  • Obtained Professional-Clear credential status by completing extra course and field work re exceptional children and technology integration

Talbot Theological Seminary | La Mirada, CA, Sep 2000 - June 2001

Masters of Divinity Program (Not Completed, GPA 3.5)

  • Completed intensive coursework in Christian counseling, apologetics, and theology

  • Served as college ministry intern for Rolling Hills Covenant Church: coordinated daily logistics and event-planning; led worship team

  • While attending Talbot, tutored students in math and physics at Peninsula Academy

Depauw University | Greencastle, IN, Aug 1996 - May 2000

B.A., Mathematics Major, Physics Minor, Religious Studies Minor (GPA 3.8)

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa

  • Received H.E.H. Greenleaf Award - awarded to most outstanding math major of senior class

  • Received Xi Chapter Balfour Award while serving as philanthropy chair and alumni chair at Sigma Chi fraternity

  • Winter Term in Service: served needs of impoverished rural community in El Salvador while collaborating with U.S. Embassy

  • Served as student representative to political and business leaders at both local and national forums on Christian faith and values