For Andrea, connecting to the mission is a crucial part of her experience at Achievement First. She is a child of immigrants from Cape Verde, and she felt lucky to have teachers that showed up for her in a big way. Now she works to create those opportunities for all students. After earning an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a graduate degree from Harvard, Andrea found her home at AF, where she can work hard and see real results. She was a founding staff member at Achievement First Iluminar Mayoral Academy Elementary and is now a Regional Director of Operations, where she works to maximize learning for all kids.