Andrew Paulsen is currently the Lead Math Teacher and an Instruction Coach at East Side High School, the largest comprehensive high school in Newark, New Jersey.
Paulsen started his career as a special education teacher, working primarily with students in self-contained settings. Over the course of his teaching career, Paulsen has taught hundreds of students in self-contained, inclusion, bilingual, honors, and general education classrooms, and has taught Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. At East Side High School, Paulsen was also named as a teacher representative to the School Improvement Panel, chaperoned numerous overnight college visits, and was the faculty advisor for the Public Speaking club and Math Olympics.
In 2018, Paulsen will travel to Taiwan as a Fulbright ‘Distinguished Awards in Teaching’ Scholar to research eastern mathematics pedagogy. In 2017, Paulsen was a national finalist for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Performance, and was recognized by the Newark Teachers Union for his dedication to the students and families of Newark. In 2016, Paulsen was named Teacher of the Year at East Side High School, and was a proud recipient of the 2016 Teach For America Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2015, the Coca-Cola Foundation named Paulsen as a Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction.
On the 2016 PARCC administration, Paulsen had the highest student passing rate in the entire Newark Public Schools for high school math teachers. Paulsen also taught the only three Geometry students in the entire district who scored in the ‘exceeded expectations’ range. In 2017, Paulsen had an even higher percentage of students demonstrate college readiness on the rigorous Algebra II PARCC exam, and was the only math teacher at East Side to have students score in the ‘exceeded expectations’ range. To put his student’s success into perspective, Paulsen’s students had a higher passing rate than the New Jersey state average.
Originally from Levittown, New York, Andrew received his B.A. from Marist College, his Master’s in educational leadership, management, & policy from Seton Hall University, and his Ed.M. in public school leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College. He aspires to change the world, one student at a time.