Andrea Purcell

School Design Coach & La Regional Project Lead
Big Picture Learning

Andrea knew from her teenage years that she wanted to be an educator. While pursuing a teaching credential and, subsequently, a PhD in Educational Psychology, she taught age groups from Pre-School to Graduate students and everything in between. Andrea was heavily influenced by instructional settings that honored and integrated real-world issues and cultural context.

In 2000, Andrea moved back to her hometown, Los Angeles, to teach full time in a Project-Based Middle School Program. She was introduced to Big Picture Learning and began exploring the role relationships in the classroom and with the community could affect her teaching and instructional outcomes for students. In 2010, she was the founding Principal of Para Los Niños-Gratts Primary Center. She moved from that school back to secondary education to lead New Village Girls Academy in 2014.

Andrea currently works in Los Angeles serving students through school programs emphasizing relationship-based, real-world learning.

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