Nelle Andrews joined Miss Porter’s in 2018 as an English teacher, Head Field Hockey Coach, and Varsity Assistant Lacrosse Coach. She was appointed Chair of the English department in the spring of 2019 and also served as the Director of Faculty Growth in the 2021-2022 school year. In June of 2022, Ms. Andrews transitioned into the Dean of Curriculum & Instruction role, and she is currently overseeing projects related to interdisciplinary curricular development and faculty growth, in addition to helping design and implement the MPS competency-based mastery learning & assessment framework.
Ms. Andrews earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Connecticut College (1998), and a Master’s degree in Arts and Liberal Sciences from Wesleyan University (2004). In 2019, Ms. Andrews earned a 6th year degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut. An experienced educator, Ms. Andrews is particularly passionate about curriculum design, equitable grading practices, and mastery learning principles and she strives to create meaningful learning opportunities that help students grow, especially as writers and analytical thinkers. Ms. Andrews is regularly researching new texts and ideas in order to create more engaging, informed, and inclusive classroom experiences for her students.
Ms. Andrews taught English and coached several sports at Farmington High School for 19 years prior to her tenure at MPS. Her success as a field hockey coach earned her several “Coach of the Year” accolades from the CT Field Hockey Coaches Association, and she was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018 for her contributions to the sport as both a player and a coach.
Ms. Andrews lives on campus with her husband, Todd, and three children – daughter Molly, (MPS ‘22), and sons Spencer and Morgan.