Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent's Office

Carrie Andrews, Ph.D.



Lauren van Herk

Executive Administrative Communications Specialist


From the Superintendent

March 2023 - Read the latest School Bell Newsletter.


Dear Union School District Families,

Last month, I took a team of USD educators to an event hosted by Challenge Success. The keynote speaker was Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg who has written a plethora of books about child/adolescent development and ways we as adults can strengthen relationships with kids and teenagers. Just this past fall he released a great book called Congrats - You’re Having a Teen!: Strengthen Your Family and Raise a Good Person. Dr. Ginsburg’s keynote centered on this book where he shared strategies and ways to connect, promote and strengthen relationships with our teenagers. 

At one moment in the session, after speaking about all the productive thoughts and ways to allow teenagers to grow and develop, he asked each of us to self reflect. The question raised was: If I could give the teen version of myself some advice, it would be…

This question quickly transported the group of educators I was with back in time where we were telling our younger selves to keep believing, don’t sweat the small stuff, be kind to yourself, give yourself grace and patience. What advice would you give your teen self? 

As you think about that question and reflect on how we support our children and young adults, I want to thank all of you for the important role you play within our school community.

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.