Join the excitement as the Andover Advantage Foundation celebrates the milestone of 20 years of partnership between the foundation, USD 385 leadership, educators, and the community of Andover. The gala will be an evening to remember. Be there as AAF...
Hello! My name is Micah Brown. I graduated from Wichita State University (Go Shocks!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and earned a Master's degree from Emporia State University. I am a lifelong learner, Skype Master Teacher, and am currently an Instructional Technology Specialist for USD #385 in Andover, Kansas.
Like you, I wear many hats. Mine include resources provider, curriculum and instructional specialist, classroom supporter, professional learning facilitator, teacher leader; all instrumental to my status as a lifelong learner. It’s my privilege to currently serve 300+ teachers and 5,000+ students. I absolutely love that during any given day one could find me amongst kindergartners helping them research, brainstorming with a 3rd grade teacher during their planning time, conducting green screen projects with 5th graders, involved with 6th graders who are hosting a Mystery Skype, and/or leading a professional development course for teachers via Google Classroom. This kind of variety is what I thrive on; I love learning and helping others learn!
I definitely couldn’t do what I do without the super support systems that surround me. Andover Public Schools is an amazing school district to work for. I am also thankful for the continued community support of our schools. I would have to say that one of the biggest community supporters has been the Andover Advantage Foundation (AAF). Andover Public Schools has always prided itself on staying current and giving students the best experiences possible. Our motto is “Building on the Foundation of Excellence”. The Andover Advantage Foundation helps us to do that by funding teacher requested grants. The foundation was “built and sustained by the community; individuals, businesses, alumni, parents, Andover Public Schools employees and others who contribute to the success of our children through supporting the Andover Advantage Foundation.”
The Andover Advantage Foundation recognizes that amazing things can happen for students when passionate teachers are given the tools they need. Though budget has been tough across the state, AAF has never wavered in their support of Andover teachers and students. Their support, not only only has allowed us to help teachers and students with the implementation of the Andover Instructional Framework, but also helps us all to move forward and start aligning with “Kansas Can” and initiatives that are pushing education in new directions.
One of my passions in the Andover Instructional Framework is the element of student engagement. Thanks to the AAF, my dream of developing and implementing an engaging, traveling "STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Lab” for the K-6 students in our district was made possible. This traveling STEAM Lab has allowed students to experience the power of building, making, and creating. It has also allowed for increased opportunities for sensory learning, raised levels of rigor, improved socialization, and hands-on innovation. It has helped provide quality, hands-on activities for students and allowed teachers to step into the the role of facilitators of students’ learning. This past school year the STEAM Lab was made available to approximately 2,200 students. We have also used the items in numerous teacher trainings and professional development opportunities. Talk about an impact on our school district! This endeavor would not have been possible without the support of the Andover Advantage Foundation donors and their generosity. To each individual who so generously gives to support Andover’s teachers and students, from the bottom of my teacher heart, thank you. Because of you, Andover Public Schools will be able to continue “Building on the Foundation of Excellence”.