20 Under 40: Native son Joey Andrew brings global view to school district
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Joey Andrew, 33, and a graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has spent the last four years helping to guide the school district where he learned the “three Rs” himself.
He was elected to the school board at age 27, and became its president in December 2016. During that time, he has shown a diplomatic touch, guiding the public schools through a period of enrollment growth that took place as the district has explored how to increase capacity in four school buildings.
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This summer, Andrew has had the satisfaction of seeing three major capital projects get underway after he and his school board colleagues and school administrators successfully advanced a $12.9 million bond issue that was approved by district voters in 2017.
“I really enjoy the school board,” Andrew said. “It’s fun, but it can be trying at times.
The public sees Andrew’s respectful style of running school board meetings. But the job goes way beyond that. He spends many hours each month talking to constituents, teachers and state officials.
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“It takes a lot of time, reaching out to constituents, meeting for coffee, e-mails, phone calls, and I’m (often) calling the state department of education,” he said.
Andrew, whose ancestors homesteaded in the Yampa Valley in 1901, has a degree in international studies from the University of Denver and did post-grad work at a university in Austria. In that time, he worked on a communication system between Austria and the Turkish government.
“In Albania, I worked on how international monetary funds could be injected to have the most impact,” in a variety of public institutions, he said. “One of them being education.”
Andrew returned to the Yampa Valley to gain additional business experience working in his family’s businesses. He was director of operations for Raindrop Water.
Recently, he has been moving up the ladder in the hospitality industry in Steamboat Springs. Today, Andrew is the reservations manager at the luxury condominium resort, One Steamboat Place. He oversees the concierge staff and works with fractional owners, assisting with the reservations and helping to plan their vacations.
Andrew is eligible to run for another term on the school board in November 2019, but because he and his wife, Stacy, hope to begin a family of their own soon, he has made the decision not to seek another four-year term.
However, Andrew will continue to serve his community by connecting residents to housing through the Facebook group he created, Steamboat Homes for Sale and Rent.
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