Ms. Kimberly Andrews

Kimberly Andrews

Certainly no stranger to public service, Kimberly Andrews felt compelled to seek election to the Fox Chapel Area School Board for a number of reasons. The biggest one: Her daughter, Ma’Kai, a third-grade student at O’Hara Elementary School.

“I’m passionate about my daughter’s education, impressed at the quality education she is receiving, and I quickly saw the academic achievements and experiences my child was able to enjoy,” she says, adding that she is grateful to have settled in Aspinwall upon moving to Western Pennsylvania four years ago.

A recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award in Airman Leadership School, Ms. Andrews, 38, credits her service in the Air Force as a non-commissioned officer with providing her with a solid foundation to serve others and a passion for innovation in her role as a school director, her volunteer roles with other organizations, and her greater community. She served on the honor guard at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for which she provided communication between aircraft and Department of Defense agencies. Ms. Andrews also sat on the board of directors at Women at Uber and has led various initiatives throughout Pittsburgh to bring awareness to information technology advancement opportunities to Uber drivers and their families. She has performed as a West African percussionist at local events and traveled nationally and internationally performing and developing music technology through a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) project, Aphrology.

Ms. Andrews, a native of Asheville, North Carolina, received an associate degree in information technology from the Community College of the Air Force; a bachelor’s degree in business information systems from Bellevue University in Nebraska; and a master’s of business administration degree from Carlow University.

She says that her background in DEI initiatives will be an asset as the district continues its focus in those areas. She hopes to help oversee the creation of a DEI committee within the district; advocate for representation for all students; address the mental health needs of students; and continue to support student-led clubs.

It’s important that we make strides to keep our students happy, well-balanced, and prepare them for the opportunities they will face beyond graduation,” Ms. Andrews says. “ We must learn how to accept and respect the need for different ideas and different backgrounds. We must prepare students for the real world and the importance of respecting attributes such as culture, race, and sexual orientation. We all have something diverse to bring to the table.”