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Upbring Hires First Principal of New Private School

Andre Berry brings 16 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator.

Upbring recently welcomed Andre Berry as principal of Upbring School of Arts and Sciences – Central Austin Campus. Mr. Berry brings 16 years’ experience in teaching, designing cutting-edge curricula, developing educators, and leading college – and career-ready campuses.

Dr. Andrew Benscoter, vice president of education and innovation at Upbring, said the nonprofit agency’s commitment to delivering an innovative, individualized learning experience for each child makes Berry the perfect leader of the new private school, which will start serving preschool students during the fall 2017 semester.

“Andre has a strong track record for teaching students who bring diverse learning and cultural needs to the classroom,” Benscoter said. “And he excels at incorporating technology-based tools into the learning experience that engage students and empower them to reach their potential.”

As a teacher at Elsik High School in Houston, Berry helped improve the school from last to first in district scores. He also achieved the highest advanced placement test participation rates out of 10 classrooms.

Berry earned a master’s in education leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont, and he is completing his doctorate in education administration. He also holds multiple teaching certifications, including English as a Second Language and Professional Development for Teachers.

Upbring’s research identifies education as one of five key markers of a child’s well-being. Upbring education programs have long included Early Head Start, Head Start and Trinity Charter Schools. Upbring School of Arts and Sciences will extend Upbring’s educational expertise to families that want a private school education rooted in the Lutheran faith and driven by hands-on, cutting edge teaching methods.

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