Andrea Cofield knows her first and most important priority to learn and then teach. Her students mean the world to her, and she has no better desire than to change the world one student at a time. She began teaching at IDEA in 2018, having worked as a teacher and teaching assistant for four years before that.
Ms. Cofield was told from an early age that she should go into teaching because she would be good at it. While in high school, she taught basic computer skills to senior citizens and other community members. While attending college full-time, she taught self-esteem classes to third- and fourth-graders as a District government employee. She realized she wanted to go into teaching full time when she took time off from her nonprofit job to substitute at her former high school.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nyack College, New York City, and a Master of Education from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She also studied theology at Howard University, Washington, D.C. and Bethel University, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree.
The quote that inspires Ms. Cofield is “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela