Chief Education and Growth Officer
As the Chief Education & Growth Officer for Upbring, Andrew Benscoter, Ed.D., oversees all Upbring education services and works to assess and develop additional growth opportunities.
In 2015, Andrew joined Upbring as Vice President of Education & Residential Programs and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Charter Schools. In these roles, he helped lead strategic program growth that resulted in a $36 million increase in Upbring’s operating revenue. He has helped open 35 Upbring Head Start preschools, two private preschools, 11 Trinity Charter School locations and provided oversight, implementation and leadership for three Office of Refugee Relocation facilities and two Residential Treatment facilities. His passion for education and for fulfilling our mission to break the cycle of child abuse is visible to all who meet him.
Before joining Upbring, Andrew served as the Principal of Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin from 2013 to 2015, where he oversaw 400 students in grades K through eighth. In that role, he developed and managed an annual budget of $2 million that resulted in an increase in enrollment by 20%. From 2008 to 2013, he served as Principal of Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran School in Scottsdale where. Both the school and preschool were honored as exemplary programs that year.
Andrew earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Education Administration from Concordia University Nebraska and was honored with the Alumni Servant Leadership Award, recognizing his service to the world in 2018. In 2010, Andrew was selected as a Fellow for the Van Lunen Executive Management program. He and his wife, Sara, a cardiac intensive care nurse at Dallas Children’s Medical, live in Irving, Texas, where they enjoy spending their free time at home with their three adorable West Highland White Terriers.