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2016 Speakers TEDxColumbus

Andrew Boy

Andrew E. Boy is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at the United Schools Network (USN).  Boy began his career as a teacher at W.E.B. DuBois Academy, an urban charter school in Cincinnati. He served as the science lab director who designed the school’s science program and vastly improved students’ proficiency scores. During Andrew’s time with this school district he was twice awarded Ohio’s charter school Teacher of the Year, he facilitated several mentoring relationships between students and various Cincinnati professionals, and the academy earned Ohio’s top rating for academic performance.

In 2006, Andrew began the competitive Building Excellent Schools Fellowship where he received extensive training on charter school founding and leadership, and best practices in urban education.  He completed the BES Fellowship and opened his own charter school, Columbus Collegiate Academy (CCA-Main), in 2008. The school, which serves about 240 students in grades 6-8, received an “Excellent” rating from the Ohio Department of Education in 2012.  Recently, CCA-Main also won the Gold Star EPIC award from New Leaders for New Schools for its extraordinary student achievement gains; it was one of only four schools nationwide to win the honor. The school has consistently been one of the top performing public middle schools in Franklin County since opening.  Through these achievements and his work in the community, Andrew was selected by Business First as one of Columbus’ Forty Under 40 honorees and 20 People to Know in Education.

CCA's academic results and Columbus’ need for more high-quality educational options for urban students prompted Boy to launch USN, a charter management organization to support the growth of the network. A second middle school, CCA-Dana Campus, launched in 2012 and the first elementary school, United Preparatory Academy, launched in 2014. A second elementary school is scheduled to open in 2017.

In addition to two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati, Boy holds a master’s in educational administration from Xavier University.

United Schools Network
Educator, Disruptor, Father