Feature on a Teacher: Ryan Andrews


Ryan Andrews is a teacher at Arrowhead High School. He has been teaching for 12 years and teaches English classes and College Strategies, along with helping with the Yearbook. 


He has been married for nine years and has two sons. Andrews says he would describe himself as, “Shy and naive and bashful. I’m gonna come at you like a spider monkey.”


Andrews earned his teaching degree in 2010 from Cardinal Stritch University. He then started teaching in 2010, originally at a daycare with his English degree, and since then has taught at Kettle Moraine, Waukesha South, Germantown, West Allis Central, and Arrowhead. Most of those jobs were sub or only 60 percent jobs, therefore, he relocated to Arrowhead since it would be full time. 


He said he knew he wanted to be a teacher when he “started working as a daycare teacher and discovered my love for teaching.”


Senior Daniel Payne says, “the sole reason I took this class [college strategies] was because he [Andrews] teaches it.”


“I think I bore everyone,” Andrews says but in response to being called a favorite teacher said, “Oh fiddle-faddle.”


Andrews teaches students from 9th to 12th grade at both South and North campus and tries to find a way to be entertaining. He says he aims for “the right blend of comedy and candy.”


Senior Olivia Schmidt says, “I was pleasantly surprised by his attitude.” 


Andrews also coaches the golf teams at Arrowhead. He says he started liking golf when he was six years old and has been coaching for nine years. 


“Getting to know students outside the classroom,” is what he enjoys most about coaching. 


The secret to good teaching is, “Delusion,” he says. “Delusion is just the perfect word to describe teaching.”