Asenath Andrews founded and is currently the principal of Catherine Ferguson Academy, an alternative public high school for teen mothers that also provides early education services for the children of those high school moms. Both middle and high school classes are held at the academy, which boasts a 90 percent graduation rate and the vast majority of those graduating attend two to four year colleges. For the school’s efforts, it was recognized as one of the 12 schools selected nationally as a Breakthrough High School by the National Association of Secondary Principals in 2004. Moreover, Andrews is also adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan and Madonna University and is also a research assistant at Moore & Associates Market Research.
Andrews is actively involved in her profession and the community. She is both a board member and Trustee of Olivet College, and has served as a board member for the Michigan Association for Art Education, Michigan Alternative Education Organization and Young Audiences of Michigan.She is a founding member of the Detroit Professional Women’s Network and is a task force member of the National Committee to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. In her limited free time, she functions as a choir director for the Second New Hope Baptist Church and is also a founding member of the vocal group One Mind.
Andrews received the Miliken Family Foundation Educator of the Year award in 1992 for her work at the academy. In addition, she received an award as a Fulbright Hayes Study Tour Teacher in Zimbabwe. Andrews has a B.A. from Olivet College, an M.A. in education from Wayne State University and an A.B.D in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan.