"To me, school choice is not just about policy. It's about improving the lives and futures of children who deserve the chance to pursue their own happiness. One spark of curiosity can ignite a lifelong love of learning. Thanks to the support of my parents and the great public schools I attended, I was empowered to pursue my interests and dreams. I believe every young American deserves the same chances, regardless of where she or he learns best."
Andrew Campanella has served as president of National School Choice week since 2012.
An enthusiastic advocate for educational opportunity, Andrew has led National School Choice Week during a time of remarkable growth.
From 150 events in 2011 to 32,000 in 2018, National School Choice Week has quickly become the world’s largest education related public awareness effort.
In support of National School Choice Week’s positive and inclusive mission, Andrew and the talented National School Choice Week team have forged partnerships with tens of thousands of schools, homeschool groups and organizations – while helping to plan and promote some of the most iconic education events in history.
Before joining the National School Choice week team, Andrew served as national director of communications for the Alliance for School Choice. In this role, Andrew managed large-scale public education campaigns to support school choice program implementation in Arizona, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Louisiana, and Ohio.
Previously, Andrew served as national director of teacher recruitment and communications for the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence. While at ABCTE, Andrew developed partnerships with more than two dozen school districts; recruited 3,500 career-changers to become public school teachers; and successfully expanded teacher licensure policies in Florida, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire, and Utah.
Andrew grew up in southern New Jersey and attended traditional public schools from grades K- 12. He graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida.
Andrew frequently talks about school choice in media interviews and in speeches to groups and organizations across the country. He provides tips and suggestions for parents who want to search for schools for their children, and shares the insights he has gained as president of National School Choice Week. Andrew also discusses the importance of providing children with access to education environments that spark curiosity and encourage them to lead happy, productive, fulfilling lives.
To schedule an interview with Andrew, or request a speaking appearance, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page. A selection of television appearances and opinion columns are provided, below.
Promoting school choice is not about encouraging one type of school over another. It is about raising awareness about the different choices that parents have for their children's K-12 education. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. Research shows that when parents are empowered to choose the education environments that they believe work best for their kids, students are more likely to succeed and graduate from high school. That is because every child is unique, and students thrive when they’re matched with learning environments that meet their individual needs.
During National School Choice Week (which will be held from January 20-26, 2018), schools, homeschoolers, organizations, and individuals raise awareness about school choice and opportunity in education. Learn more at www.schoolchoiceweek.com.
Andrew R. Campanella
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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459
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To schedule a media interview with Andrew, contact Shelby Doyle with National School Choice Week at firstname.lastname@example.org.