Andrew Vega

Prior to his current role at the NewSchools Venture Fund, Andrew served as a high school principal with Alliance-College Ready Public Schools, leading the turnaround of a charter high school campus in South Los Angeles. Andrew began his career as Teach for America corps member in Los Angeles, teaching high school English with the ICEF Public Schools, before moving to Boston. He spent seven years with the Boston Public Schools as a middle school English and ESL teacher and principal of a special education inclusion elementary school. His areas of expertise include classroom culture and behavior systems, differentiating instruction, universal design for learning, and English/literature instruction. He has coaches over 60 teachers throughout his career, leading both schools as principal to dramatic gains in student achievement. Andrew also has extensive experience coaching new teachers, as he developed a "New Teacher Workshop" series for the seven Teach For America teachers placed at his most recent school.

Andrew has served on advisory councils for the Achievement Network, The Boston Foundation, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in addition to participating in the Teach Plus Teaching Policy and America Achieves Fellowships. He holds a BA from UCLA and MA from Loyola Marymount University. Andrew is also an alumnus of the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College and the National Principal Academy Fellowship at the Relay Graduate School of Education.



BA - English, UCLA
MA - Secondary Education, Loyola Marymount University


Previous Educational Positions

English Teacher (9-12), Los Angeles, CA - Charter
English Teacher (6, 8), Boston, MA - District
ESL Teacher (6-8), Boston, MA - District
Principal (PreK-6 Special Education Inclusion), Boston, MA - District
Principal (9-12), Los Angeles, CA - Charter


Coaching Certifications

1:1 Virtual Coaching
Formative Assessment and Differentiation
Accelerating Growth


Areas of Expertise

Pre-K: Phys Ed/Health

3-5: English / Language Arts

6-8: Science, Social Studies, Phys Ed/Health

9-12: Social Studies, Reading Intervention, Phys Ed/Health


Additional Areas

CA Single Subject English
MA English (5-12)
MA ESL (5-12)
MA Administrator (PreK-6, 5-8, 9-12, Sheltered English Immersion)