Bio

Andrew Paulsen is currently a Senior Advisor and National Instructional Coach with Agile Mind, an organization that is transforming the teaching and learning of mathematics and science throughout the United States. Before joining Agile Mind, Paulsen was the Lead Math Teacher and an Instructional Coach at East Side High School, the largest comprehensive high school in Newark, New Jersey.

Education
  • Doctoral Candidate: Ed.D. in Leadership & Learning in Organizations from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College (expected graduation: May, 2022)
  • Ed.M. in Public School Leadership from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College 
  • M.A. in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University
  • B.A. in Mathematics/Adolescent Education & Communication from Marist College 
Resources
Certifications
  • Principal Certification – Certificate of Eligibility (New Jersey Department of Education)
  • Supervisor – Standard Certificate (New Jersey Department of Education)
  • Teacher of Mathematics – Standard Certificate (New Jersey Department of Education)
Biography

Paulsen started in the Newark Public Schools as a special education teacher, working primarily with students with specific learning disabilities 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. Paulsen has also taught adjudicated adults in correctional facilities through the Petey Greene Program and led the academic programming effort on behalf of Hockey in New Jersey.

In 2018, Paulsen traveled to Asia as a Fulbright ‘Distinguished Awards in Teaching’ Scholar to research eastern mathematics pedagogy. Conducting most of his research in Taiwan, Paulsen had the chance to observe hundreds of classes in 12 countries throughout Asia, lead presentations for teachers in Singapore, and even had the opportunity to teach English at a small school for students with special needs in rural Cambodia.

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 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, and 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 Algebra II PARCC exam, and was the only math teacher at East Side to have students score in the ‘exceeded expectations’ range. In 2018, Paulsen’s Algebra I class had a 67.9% pass rate, beating the state average on the rigorous exam by over 20 percentage points.

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Personal

Originally from Levittown, New York, Paulsen has traveled to dozens of countries all over the globe, and is an avid scuba diver. He speaks conversational Spanish, and is currently learning Mandarin Chinese. He aspires to change the world, one student at a time.