Andrew Watson is a visual and media artist, educator, and STEAM education policy advisor. Andrew is the Fine Arts Instructional Specialist for the Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia, where he coordinates the arts education of over 15,000 students. Previously, he taught digital art, design, animation, and game design at Falls Church High School for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. Andrew co-developed the Fairfax County Public Schools’ STEAM Project which transformed four Elementary School STEM Labs with minimal support and no integration with the arts into over one hundred fully integrated Elementary School STEAM programs and a dozen Secondary School Maker Spaces.
Andrew is the recipient of the 2015 Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award and the 2019 Southeastern Regional Art Education Administrator of the Year Award from the National Art Education Association. His articles on STEAM Education and Design Thinking appear in the Art Education Journal, SchoolArts Magazine, Principal, and the Journal for Quality and Participation, among other publications. Andrew volunteers his time as a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Collaborative, as well as an advisor to the Congressional STEAM Caucus, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Torpedo Factory Art Center, and the Local Motion Project. Previously, he served as an advisor to the National Art Honor Society and the Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery.