Andreas Jurewitsch was born in Hamburg, Germany, and grew up in the most northern part of that country. After serving in the German Air Force, he enrolled at the Universität of Hamburg to study Economic and Social History. In 1988, he came to the United States to study US History at Indiana University, where he received an M. A. in US History. For the past 30 years, he has been married to his wife Blia Thao Jurewitsch. Together they have two grown children, Kathy and Christopher.
After moving to the Twin Cities in 1994, Andreas worked as a manager for a national electronics retailer, before starting his own home service business in 1996. In the fall of 2001, he began studying to become a teacher in the then new Urban Educator program at Metro State University. Since graduating from the program in 2004, Andreas has worked as a Social Studies, Humanities, and Math teacher at different alternative and charter schools in the Twin Cities. In the last six years, Andreas has added building and running woodworking shops with his students to his repertoire. He is excited to continue building his woodshop at UMA this year. This summer, Andreas joined UMA’s Board of Directors. This is the fourth school board that he has served on.
Another passion of Andreas is traveling. Ever since growing up in Germany, he has enjoyed traveling around Europe. He believes that traveling is the best way to learn about the world, and he has shared this passion with the young people he works with, taking them around the state, to Florida, New Mexico, Washington DC, but also far off places like Germany and Laos. In his spare time, Andreas is involved in Scouting, serving as Associate Adult Advisor for BSA Venture Crew 9033 and as Chair of Infinity Youth Group, a non-profit promoting sports and education in underserved communities he co-founded in 2015. Andreas also likes the outdoors, fishing, reading, and watching British crime shows.