Background: Andrew Rayner is an analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Talent Services practice area. Prior to joining the Bellwether team in 2016, Andrew earned his master’s degree in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before that, he helped found the first KIPP middle school in Boston, MA, where he taught music, math, and special education for three years. Andrew has also worked as a behavioral specialist with the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention in Boston, providing classroom management and behavioral support to students with mental and behavioral health needs. Andrew started his career in education teaching English for a year in the Marshall Islands and, subsequently, theater arts and social justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Originally from Chicago, Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College.
Sample clients: California Education Partners, San Francisco Unified School District
Why I do this work: As an African-American male who identifies as gay, I have seen systemic inequality and prejudice first-hand in my personal, academic, and professional life. The culmination of these experiences has cemented a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion work through the lens of education to make the world a better place. Teaching across the country and world has allowed me to have a strong individual impact on youth. I believe that through education consulting work, I can help to enact greater and broader systems-level change for young people and the adults who work with them.