About Dr. Torris:
Dr. Andrew Torris joined the American Embassy School community in July of 2020 as the school's director.
Andy’s international school experience began in 2001 in his first posting at Yanbu International School in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. In 2005 he assumed a primary principal role at Shanghai American School, and during his nine years at SAS, he was also a middle school principal and the deputy superintendent. In 2014 Andy was appointed to be the director at the Universal American School in Dubai, where he served four years. Additionally, Andy served as the founding Head of School at Avenues: The World School-Shenzhen in Shenzhen, China.
Andy began his educational career in his home state of Oregon in 1986. He first served as an elementary classroom teacher for nine years before being promoted to be an assistant principal. In the 30 plus years in education, he has worked in elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels.
Andy has a BS in Elementary Education from Eastern Oregon State University, an MA in Teaching from Pacific University, and an Ed.D from the Nova Southeastern University of Florida. Additionally, Andy attended Lewis and Clark College, where he obtained a special certificate in educational leadership. Andy holds educational credentials from the State of Oregon in Elementary Education, K-12 reading, and school administration.
Andy is the proud father of 4 amazing children, two of whom are AES students. He is married to fellow AES educator Amanda DeCardy.