Cherishing the magic of Oz and the warm and eclectic community of her hometown, Andrea was raised in Lawrence, Kansas and stayed to receive her BA and MA from the University of Kansas. Her graduate research was on the impact of gender and ethnicity on identity construction. After graduate school, Andrea lived in Jerusalem for a year, where she coordinated a Jewish feminist project and managed a tutoring program for Ethiopian immigrants.
Since arriving in Providence in 1999, Andrea has taught in the Education Department of Rhode Island College, volunteered in the Providence public school system and coordinated a youth philanthropy program. In 2009-10, Andrea and her family lived in Rishon LeZion, Israel, during which time she co-wrote and published her first book, Purple Leaves, Red Cherries: Short Stories on Motherhood. She currently is an instructor in the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Newton, MA.
Andrea, together with her students and colleagues at JCDSRI, spends her days building community, documenting discoveries, experiencing great joy, and practicing kavod, (respect), hesed (kindness), and shalom (peace). She has an extensive snow-globe collection and regularly perpetrates acts of “guerilla gardening.” Andrea lives in Providence with her husband, Steve Jacobson, and two daughters.