Jeremy Andrick says that when he was in the sixth grade, he experienced a traumatic event that sent him into a downward spiral.
And no one at school noticed.
“I spent the next couple of years getting in trouble pretty consistently with my grades hitting bottom and my faith in myself hitting a new low,” he said. “Not one teacher or administrator took notice so I felt invisible.”
As the new principal of Lincoln International Studies School, Andrick wants to ensure that every student and staff member — and family member — feels heard and valued at Lincoln.
Andrick grew up in Holt, Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Colorado.
He worked as a middle school and high school special education teacher before becoming an elementary administrator in Colorado.
Four years ago, he returned to Michigan to work on the High Impact Leadership Project at Western Michigan University, where he is completing his doctorate. HIL is an educational approach that focuses on positive, collaborative interactions that use data to define strengths and issues and focus efforts on reaching shared goals and results.
“It is an inspiring approach to leadership and school renewal that was life-changing for me to say the least,” Andrick said. “It opened my eyes to the possibilities of renewing schools from the inside out.”
His work with the project focused on School Renewal Rounds and the concept of giving teachers the power to drive school improvement and to “be” the change rather than the “objects” of the change, he said.
Andrick says he knows that this year will be full of anxiety-producing change and challenges as students return to in-person learning for the first time in almost 18 months. The school will work on creating structure and consistency for students, while giving them engaging opportunities for learning.
“As educators and parents, we must remain patient and graceful in all interactions and be OK with acknowledging that we are all adjusting to a new world with our own unique fears and thoughts,” he said. “This is an extremely exciting reality, but we will all experience the return to school differently. By honoring each other, we can move mountains!”
Andrick and his wife Rona have three children, who will be attending KPS in the fall. The family enjoys traveling, music and sports. Andrick has coached basketball and is a competitive tennis player.
As he prepares to meet students and families at Lincoln, he said he’ll draw on lessons learned during the years that he struggled in school. That experience changed him, and made him into the father, husband and educator that he is today.
“After visiting my sister at college, I realized that my education was the pathway to owning my life,” he said. “I pushed myself and vowed that, when given the chance, I would always remain mindful of those in my personal life and devote my energy to ensuring that all students and staff feel valued and have the opportunity to maximize their potential while navigating their own unique path to personal success.”