The question “Where are you from?” has always been tricky for Drew, as the unofficial Stanecki family motto is “It doesn’t count as a move unless you change license plates.” Five weeks after being born in Michigan, Drew moved to Florida, and then to Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Colorado, Illinois again, and then Minnesota. Drew graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Accounting and spent the first 5+ years after college working in large financial service companies, most recently at Wells Fargo and Deloitte.
Driven by a lifelong passion for education, Drew sought to get directly involved in education advocacy organizations like 50CAN, which would allow him to make an impact on issues he has seen in his own community, such as the significant achievement gap in Minnesota. After living in so many different communities with differing needs, the strategy of 50CAN to enact change at the state level really resonated.
I aspire to be like John Oliver. Here’s why:
I think humor plays an extraordinarily important role in modern day reform. Not only does it often take a good dose of satire to truly understand the inequities of the world, but humor is often the only way to grapple with the toughest issues.
Why I love my job:
After building up a strong financial background, I am excited to have an opportunity to use those skills to champion for education in my day-to-day work.
My love for math and numbers was inspired by great STEM teachers earlier in my life, and I am excited that 50CAN will allow me an opportunity to support educators and learners everywhere.
My connection to public schools:
I came up through public schools all across the country and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the great teachers that supported me. I hope that some day all students will have the same opportunities to succeed that I have enjoyed.
What I’m bad at:
Anything requiring athleticism. My lack of hand-eye coordination is pretty legendary.
The image that represents why I work at 50CAN:
For whatever reason, education does not get the attention it deserves. Having the opportunity to channel energy for my personal passion to bring education to the forefront – what more could I ask for?
Image source: SJ Liew on Flickr http://bit.ly/1NR7CR1 (cc)