Mike Andrews Story
 
Mike Andrews learned, taught and led through a life of experience.  From childhood in the racially divided South, playing sports and coaching with talented athletes, teaching and mentoring Minneapolis students, and volunteering and mentoring in the community; Mike has been a role model for the Field Community.

 

Born in Mobile, Alabama, he received his BA in teaching elementary education at Alabama State in 1965.  He moved to Minneapolis to teach at John Hay School in North Minneapolis and then at Field School in 1970.  He continued his education at the University of Minnesota, receiving his Master of Education degree in 1977.

 

His peers recognized his passion for kids and encouraged him to further his education.  He attended St. Thomas while teaching at Field, and graduated with a degree in Administration in 1988. He then was the Intern Principal at Bethune, the Assistant Principal at Lyndale and Holland Elementary.  He retired as Principal of Broadway Community School in 1999.  The following year he came home to Field on a temporary assignment as Assistant Principal.

 

Mike's community focus was born out of his childhood experiences in football and basketball.  He recalls playing football with Hank Aaron's brother Tony.  The men that coached him were involved in the community and he emulated them, coaching at McCrae Park and connecting with kids and their families outside of the school and into the neighborhoods.

 

Presently, Mike is the head of STRIVE, a Richfield Rotary Club community service program for high school students.  This mentoring program teaches life skills such as goal setting, listening, time management and support systems for students that have great potential, but are struggling.

 

The Mike Andrews Award was first presented by surprise to Mike Andrews after a successful Field School food drive.  Created out of Mike's concerned for the needs of the community this Hale/Field drive raised over 10,000 items of food.  The Field staff has continued this recognition of his service annually by presenting an award to a community person or teacher involved with the school.

 

Mike Andrews embraced the Richfield Rotary Club motto and 4-way test: Is it the Truth? - Is it Fair to all concerned? - Will it bring goodwill and better Friendships? - Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?  This "service above self" motto inspired him to a life of service.  We continue presenting this award in honor of this great educator and community member.