Andrea Zimmermann found her passion for education while in Ukraine as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2009, where she taught English at a teacher’s training college and specialized high school. While there, she worked collaboratively with the students, faculty and community to build youth leadership programs and work-based learning opportunities for the schools’ future teachers. Collaboration was the most critical component for Zimmermann when building these programs, and it is this same energy and spirit that she is excited to bring to IDEA in her new role as Director of Career and Technical Education.
Following her experience in the Peace Corps, Zimmermann went on to work in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education and Office of Postsecondary Education. Most recently, Zimmermann led member engagement and leadership development efforts for Advance CTE, a national nonprofit representing state leaders of career and technical education. In this role, she served as an organizational spokesperson and liaison while also managing programming for new leaders as well as its professional development and technical assistance.
Born and raised in Illinois, Zimmermann has lived in DC for seven years. She earned her master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield and her bachelor’s in journalism from Southern Illinois University.