Andrew Steel

Yellowbird Teacher

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, B.A.
Director of Percussion Ensembles and Guitar Ensembles at Lafayette Elementary School, Washington, DC (2007 – 2022)
Music Teacher (2004 – Present)
Yellowbird Classroom Aide (2023 – 2024)
Yellowbird Teacher (2024 – Present)

I am a great believer in foundations. Solid foundations make for strength and resilience. Taking their first steps out into the world, away from home and family, children need lots of support, love, and attention. They need to see that there are new friends and helping hands that can gently guide them as they grow and explore. A love for school and the fellowship found therein can set a child off on a wonderful journey of discovery, joy, bravery, and adventure that lasts a lifetime.

After moving away from Washington, DC, my wife and I looked at a handful of options for our then three year old son before we walked through the doors of Suburban Nursery School. For both of us, the moment was revelatory. I genuinely didn’t know that places like this existed. The school was (and is) a miraculous haven where children thrive surrounded by loving adults who respect and safeguard the important work of free play. Through my time as a co-oping parent and a classroom aide I discovered that the miracle of the school runs to its very foundations and is truly a labor of love.

During my 15 years leading music programs at Lafayette Elementary School I discovered a lifelong passion for helping children express themselves with open ears and open hearts. Now having joined the Suburban Nursery School family, I am honored to have the opportunity to help the yellowbirds find their voices in harmony with one another.