Dr. Andy Aldrich has been named as the new Middle School Principal at St. Mary's Academy, to start with the 2022-23 school year. He was unanimously selected by an SMA search committee following an extensive national search.
Andy has a wealth of experience in education as a teacher and administrator. He holds a BA in Social Studies Education and History from Bethel University, an MA in Organizational Leadership from the University of San Francisco, Principal Licensure (PK-12) from Washington State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Professional Educational Practice from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His teaching experience spans from elementary through high school and across a range of subjects including English and social studies.
Andy's extensive leadership experience in both independent and international schools is impressive. He currently serves as the Middle School Principal at Concordia International School in Shanghai, China, and has been in that role since 2019. From 2013 – 2019 he was the Middle School Administrative Dean at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. He has also worked at the Brent International School in the Philippines, Park Academy in South Korea, and has taught at three public schools in Minnesota.
"It was clear during the many conversations we had with Andy that he is a strong and innovative leader with a deep knowledge of building and supporting teams, an acute understanding of strategic planning, program development and implementation, and an absolute love of middle school and middle schoolers," says Bill Barrett, Academy President. "In addition, Andy’s personal and professional experiences speak to his alignment with St. Mary’s Academy’s mission and Loretto School Values."
Dr Aldrich says: “It is with both great joy and gratitude that I join the St. Mary’s Academy community. I am truly honored to join a school so deeply committed to the care and growth of each child. Throughout my time meeting with various members of the SMA community, I have been impressed by a deep sense of community, strong commitment to innovation, and a desire to support the unique needs of middle school learners. I greatly look forward to partnering with the phenomenal faculty and staff as we continue this work and live out the Loretto School Values.”
Andy, his wife Lisa, and their three children will be transitioning to Denver later this summer.