In 2004, Andrea Echelberger began a two-year AmeriCorps position in St. Paul teaching adult refugees and immigrants English, and she’s never looked back. Throughout her teaching career, she has worked with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and language levels, and while she’s loved every class that she’s taught, literacy level learners are her favorite group to teach. After five years of teaching with the Minnesota Literacy Council, she left in 2013 to work with the US English Language Fellowship program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Andrea returned in the fall of 2015 to take up a position teaching the Basic English Class at the Open Door Learning Center-Lake Street. She now coordinates and leads trainings for adult literacy volunteers. Andrea received her MAESL from Hamline University, and holds an ABE Minnesota Teaching License from the University of Minnesota.
Andrea is continuously humbled and inspired by the lessons and stories that she hears from her learners every day, and is passionate about helping the people that she works with develop their voices in English so that they and their families are able to thrive in Minnesota.
Outside of work, Andrea enjoys spending time with friends and family, sampling the Twin Cities’ fantastic food and art scenes, and creating crafts such as braided rugs and etched glasses out of recycled materials.