Meet the Team

Andrew Pinney

MAX Teaching Consultant

Ashland University, Cleveland, OH
Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, 2009

Kent State University, OH
Bachelor of Science in Education, 1995

Educational Consultant, Cuyahoga Educational Service Center, Independence, OH, 2010 to Present

  • Created and provided professional development workshops for educators across multiple counties focusing on effective literacy strategies, formative assessment, curriculum mapping, common assessment design, and infrastructure management
  • Lead and coached District Leadership Teams (DLT), Building Leadership Teams (BLT), and Teacher Based Teams (TBT) designed around best practices in instruction to develop collaboration amongst grade-level and grade-span teams 
  • Modeled lessons incorporating highly engaging, research-based strategies in a variety of urban, suburban, rural, and charter schools to increase student achievement
  • Developed, facilitated, and monitored district-wide Writing Across the Curriculum initiative in multiple districts
  • Created K-12 cross curricular standards-based rubrics and professional development to be used during collaborative teaming and to support vertical alignment of content literacy standards 

MAX Teaching Consultant, 2007 to Present

  • Provided professional development workshops focusing on standards-based content-literacy activities to be implemented in classrooms K-12 and across all subject areas in hundreds of schools across the United States
  • Planned and modeled lessons using content-literacy activities in K-12 classrooms in urban, suburban, rural, charter, and career tech schools in all subject areas
  • Observed and coached teachers while providing specific and timely feedback for refinement and reinforcement of teaching practices
  • Created new MAX Teaching strategies now shared around the country as part of the MAX Teaching professional development workshop
  • Incorporated use of technology and 21st Century Learning skills into MAX Teaching lessons including critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity

Adjunct Professor, Ashland University 2009 to 2016  

  • Taught Content Area Literacy course focusing on literacy strategies across all content areas
  • Developed a syllabus to include 20 literacy strategies to share with educators taking the course
  • Incorporated current educational research and articles as the readings for the course
  • Assessed participants in their abilities to create literacy-based lessons and present lessons to the class

Solon City Schools, 2003 to 2010

  • Taught Social Studies 7th grade World History, 8th grade American History, 9th grade World History and HS Sociology
  • Served as the Literacy Coach for 5th Social Studies 2008-2009 
  • Provided the district with professional development on content literacy and United Streaming

Highland Local Schools, 1996 to 2003

  • Taught HS Social Studies including; Advanced Placement U.S. History, World History, Civics, and History of Sports in America
  • Served as the Social Studies Department Chair 1999-2003
  • Conceptualized and developed the curriculum for History of Sports in America which aligned to state standards and was adopted by Medina County in 1999
  • Piloted a class using Highland’s Distance Learning Lab where students corresponded with nationally recognized historians and authors
  • Wrote a grant to bring Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father and Cambodian Genocide survivor to speak with my world history students after we read her book
  • Advisor for Close-Up Washington 1997-1999 and recruited, organized, fund raised, and chaperoned students on a one week in-depth study of Washington D.C.
  • Coached football, baseball, and softball for 8 years of combined coaching
  • 4.0 GPA  in Masters of Education
  • My Reading History published in Reading and Learning to Read (7th edition) Vacca and Vacca
  • Recognized by Cleveland Plain Dealer (11-20-97) and Medina Sun Banner on two occasions (2-6-03 & 12-2-99) for innovative teaching practices
  • Presented Max Teaching at the 2010 Association of Middle Level Education Conference, Baltimore, MD 
  • Presented Multi Media Family History Project at the 2003 Ohio School Net Technology Conference, Columbus, OH