Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent's Office

Carrie Andrews, Ph.D.



Lauren van Herk

Executive Administrative Communications Specialist


From the Superintendent

Read the September 2023 - USD School Bell Newsletter

Dear Union School District Families,

We are officially 17 days into the new school year, and the positive energy and excitement in these first few weeks could not have been possible without each and every member of our USD community. Each individual, from our USD team members, students, families, staff, and community members play an important role in providing a supportive network of learning and care for all of our children. 

Each day, we model for our students the importance of service and support to others. Our classrooms are small communities in and of themselves, where students cultivate leadership, positive relationships, and develop critical life skills that will serve them throughout their time in USD and beyond. As part of the Social Studies and History curriculum used in our District, our students learn about their own communities and their historical context. Broadly, they learn about communities, big and small, from families, to classrooms and school, to their state and country, to the world. Above all, our students develop a profound understanding of how they as individuals, as integral parts of these communities, hold the power to affect meaningful change and be of service to others. 

This upcoming Monday, our nation recognizes the anniversary of September 11, 2001. The anniversary reminds us all to remember and honor the lives of those who were lost and pay tribute to first responders and individuals who aided their fellow citizens following that tragic day. As we pause and remember on Monday, let us also note that the strength of a community can lift us together as individuals. Together, we accomplish great things, and standing together in not only times of need, but also moments of celebration and triumph, is how we model the definition of community for our children.

Union School District is a community where we make connections, learn, grow and celebrate our shared work. Thank you again for your partnership and support of all our students. It is going to be another great year in USD!

Kind Regards,

Dr. Carrie Andrews 



About Dr. Carrie Andrews, Ph.D.

Dr. Carrie Andrews joined USD in July 2021 as the new Superintendent of Schools. She was previously with the Cambrian School District since 2013 and served as the Superintendent in Cambrian since 2014. Dr. Andrews received her undergraduate degree in Applied Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizations from the University of California Santa Barbara. She began her career instructing students ages 6-10 in New Zealand, before teaching 6th grade Math and English Language Arts in Edina, MN. From there, Dr. Andrews moved to Stockton, CA, where she taught 3rd-5th grade in Stockton, CA and Santa Barbara, CA. She also served as a site administrator in Campbell and Saratoga, CA. 

Dr. Andrews is committed to fostering student growth, community involvement, staff collaboration, and supporting teachers. She effectively oversees enrollment, fiscal stewardship, and external community relations. Dr. Andrews encourages transparency and champions every child. She has served as the ACSA Superintendent Council Representative for Santa Clara County, Santa Clara County Superintendents Association Chair and served as Principal of Marshall Lane Elementary School when it was awarded a California Distinguished School. A tireless advocate for public education, Dr. Andrews is an active member of the community and partners with local agencies and businesses to increase educational opportunities.