Growth, education and creating positive generational change are hand-in-glove endeavors for Andrew Benscoter, Ed.D. As the Chief Education & Growth Officer for Upbring, Andrew directs all education services and works to assess and develop additional growth opportunities. He also leads the organization’s research efforts.
In 2015, Andrew joined Upbring as Vice President of Education & Residential Programs and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Charter Schools. In these roles, he helped lead strategic program growth resulting in a $36 million increase in Upbring's operating revenue. He has helped open 35 Upbring Head Start preschools, two private preschools and 11 Trinity Charter School locations as well as provided oversight, implementation and leadership for three Office of Refugee Relocation facilities and two residential treatment facilities. His passion for education and for fulfilling Upbring’s mission to break the cycle of child abuse is visible to all who meet him.
From 2013 to 2015, Andrew served as the Principal of Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin, Texas, where he oversaw 400 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. In that role, he developed and managed an annual budget of $2 million and increased enrollment by 20%. From 2008 to 2013, he served as Principal of Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran School in Scottsdale, Arizona, where both the school and preschool were honored as exemplary programs.
Andrew earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago and graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Education Administration from Concordia University Nebraska. He was honored with the Alumni Servant Leadership Award, recognizing his service to the world, in 2018. In 2010, Andrew was selected as a Fellow for the Van Lunen Executive Management program.
He and his wife, Sara, a cardiac intensive care nurse enjoy spending their free time with their four adorable West Highland White Terriers.