Chicago alumni board
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Andy recently received his master's degree in business analytics and is currently an internal auditor with Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA). Andy also has experience working in higher education administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Andy has been on the alumni board since January 2016 and served with City Year Chicago from 2013-2015 as an AmeriCorps member in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago.
Armstead is from New Jersey and attended Loyola University in Maryland where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy with a minor in Asian studies. After college, Armstead served with City Year Philadelphia as an AmeriCorps member where his passion for education was born. His time spent in the classroom and working with youth across the city of Philadelphia inspired him to teach, and the following year he joined the Match Teacher Residency program in Boston. After completing this alternative certification program, Armstead moved to Chicago where he became a founding teacher at a new charter school in the Roseland neighborhood. For six years Armstead remained in the classroom until transitioning to the nonprofit sector where he currently works for College Possible, an organization that helps high school students from low-income backgrounds reach and succeed in college. Armstead is also currently pursuing his masters degree in education policy, organization and leadership through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.