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Asenath Andrews

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Andrews speaks about growing up in Detroit, how she came to be the founding principal of Catherine Ferguson Academy for pregnant teen girls and mothers, and her experience being there. 

Asenath's Biography

Early Career Goal: To be an artist.
Idyllic Childhood: Grew up in small and protective community in Detroit. Both parents worked and shared the load of household chores and the children.
Kismet: Supposed to take a job in Egypt, but it fell through just before she got the call about "this little school with some pregnant girls."
10 Minutes Early or 10 Minutes Late: Early.

Asenath Andrews founded and is currently principal of the Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit, a school for teenagers who are pregnant or parents. With studies illuminating how most pregnant teenagers or teenage mothers drop out of school due to lack of childcare assistance, the Academy was created to provide on-site child care while mothers continue their education. The school has a 90 percent graduation rate and the vast majority of graduates attend two to four year colleges. In 2004, the school was recognized as one of the 12 schools selected nationally as a Breakthrough High School by the National Association of Secondary Principals.
 
Prior to her work with the Academy, Andrews received an award as Fulbright Hayes Study Tour Teacher in Zimbabwe and earned an M.A. in education from Wayne State University, and an A.B.D. in Education Psychology from the University of Michigan. She serves as board member and Trustee of Olivet College, where she attended college, and is an adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan and Madonna University. She is a founding member of the Detroit Professional Women’s Network and task force member of the National Committee to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

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