A true leader and exemplary public servant, Andrew was elected County Councilman for District 4 in 2014. During his term, he has fought to address issues important to the community, including education funding, support for public services, protecting the environment and economic growth.
As Councilman, Andrew’s sponsored open government measures, such as a charter amendment requiring the county executive to hold two public meetings before releasing a budget. He protected the environment by voting against a roll-back of the stormwater remediation fee and continues to oppose the Chesapeake Terrace Landfill project. Andrew has also backed funding for school playgrounds, water and sewer fee waivers for veterans, and guiding Odenton’s transit development project to completion.
Andrew’s strong capacity for leadership and passion for making a difference in his community were apparent long before he was elected to County Council. Andrew grew up in a working class home as the youngest of four children. His father, an Army veteran, was stationed at Fort George G. Meade, and his mother, a hairdresser, who passed away from brain cancer when Andrew was 19, taught him the importance of service to others. As a youth, Andrew was recognized for his service by achieving the Eagle Scout award in the Boy Scouts of America.
Andrew earned his Bachelor’s in History and a Master’s in Education while working his way through college at Niagara University in Western New York State as a realtor and substitute teacher. In 2001, Andrew moved to Maryland when he was offered a full-time job as a social studies teacher in the Prince George’s County Public Schools System. He taught various courses including Practical Law, American Government, World History and Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology.
While teaching, Andrew also served as a building representative for the Maryland State Teachers Association (now the Maryland State Education Association). He led efforts at the state level to fight for increased funding for education. In 2005, Andrew was offered a position and began working as a testing specialist in the Baltimore County Public Schools System. He was successful in being promoted and has served as the Supervisor of Internal Assessment since 2014. In this position he is responsible for helping to oversee assessment programs in Baltimore County.
While teaching, Andrew met his wife Roxanne, a fellow social studies teacher, who is currently Assistant Principal at Broadneck High School in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools System. Andrew and Roxanne moved to the Four Seasons Community in Gambrills shortly after they were married. They currently have three children: Jacob, Clara, Walter, and a dog named Ziggy.
As a husband and father, Andrew has tried to teach his children about the importance of public service by being a coach in the Gambrills Odenton Recreation Council (GORC) and serving as a former President of the Four Seasons Community Association in Gambrills. While serving as President, Andrew restarted the community newsletter and brought new energy into the organization. He helped resolve many issues in the community, including advocating for new sidewalks and the repaving of streets. Andrew has also fought and will continue to support projects such as public use of the Hammond’s Connection at the Navy Dairy Farm and the preservation of the Crownsville Hospital complex. He also is a strong believer in quality improvements to our local parks, bike trails, recreational facilities and programs.
One of Andrew’s most recent leadership roles was serving the community as the President of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education during the 2012-2013 academic year. Andrew Pruski served as an At-Large member and past President of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education. Andrew has a solid record for expanding community outreach, promoting environmental literacy and education in the school system’s curriculum, and supporting efforts for competitive pay for teachers and other public servants. One of Andrew’s priorities has been to build and foster a stronger relationship between Fort Meade, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the school system. He has forged new ideas, led efforts to increase student internship opportunities, improved business relations, and fostered community partnerships.
Beyond his work as Councilman and a school board member, Andrew has a long history of involvement in professional, civic and community organizations in Anne Arundel County. He has served in numerous volunteer and leadership capacities including:
- Past Member – Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals
- Former Vice-President of District 33 Democratic Club
- Former Vice-President of the Anne Arundel County Young Democrats
- Past Member of the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee
- Member of the Western Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce
- Past Member of the Baltimore Washington Chamber of Commerce
- Past Member of the Fort Meade Alliance
- Member of the Anne Arundel County – Western District Police Council
- Member of the Four Seasons Elementary PTA
- Member of the Arundel High School PTO
- Founding Member of West Arundel Lions Club
Andrew believes elected officials are meant to serve, not be served. Will you join him in working toward a brighter future for our community?