My name is Mr. Andring. Native to this area, I was raised on a farm just outside of St. Charles with my five brothers and two sisters. On the farm I did my share of field work; waking early to perform daily chores and tend to the animals. I am proud to say that I am a Dover-Eyota graduate. I attended Winona State University which is where I received my Bachelors Degree in teaching. I also completed my masters degree through the University of St. Catherines. It is my 17th year as a teacher. I taught a year of first grade and a year of second grade at Plainview Public Schools. I taught first grade for three years here at Dover-Eyota. I am currently in my eleventh year of teaching 6th grade. I am also the head coach for the Dover-Eyota Track and Field team and do a large amount of officiating football, volleyball, and basketball.
I have two lovely kids named Carter and Taylin. Carter is 16 years old and is in 10th grade here at D-E. Taylin is 12 years old and is in 7th grade here at D-E as well. I recently got married this last summer to my amazing wife Melissa who is a fifth grade teacher. I have two bonus children Libby and Sophie. Libby will be a senior this year and Sophie will be in the 8th grade. As a family we like to stay active and spend as much time outdoors as possible. I am not the type of person who likes to sit around; I usually find something to keep me busy. When not teaching, you will often find me helping out on the farm. Carter and Taylin love helping out as well. In the summer I enjoy playing softball and volleyball. I also try to go fishing and hunting any chance I get. Horse shows and riding horses are a big part of our summers as well.
My philosophy in education is that learning should be fun but challenging. I feel the students should be active learners. An active learner is someone who participates in class discussions and asks questions as well. I also believe the students should have hands-on activities to help them learn. In my class I feel that every student is capable of getting an A. I do understand that some students may have to work harder at it than others, but they are still capable if they put the time and effort in. I really enjoy teaching students and I want the students to enjoy learning as well.