Natalie Woods Andrews

Transitional Kindergarten Professional Learning Updates

This session will focus on new professional learning resources for transitional kindergarten (TK).  Professional learning opportunities and publications from the California Department of Education/Early Education and Support Division will be highlighted.  New in-person and online professional learning modules will be shared.


Natalie Woods Andrews


Natalie Woods Andrews is a credentialed administrator and teacher with 30 years of experience in educational leadership, early education and public school and university instruction. She currently serves as the Director of Sacramento County Office of Education’s Early Learning Department and the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN), which is funded by the California Department of Education - Early Education and Support Division. Her role includes expanding access to high-quality early learning programs and services for children and their families, and providing leadership to expand professional learning opportunities for early learning teachers and administrators. She administers a number of local programs including Raising Quality Together - Sacramento County's Quality Rating and Improvement System and has led statewide programs such as CPIN and the development of professional learning resources for transitional kindergarten.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Woods Andrews served as a principal for Title I elementary schools in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District; Education Specialist for Napa-Solano Head Start programs; and Program Administrator for Elk Grove Unified School District’s First 5 school readiness program including Head Start, State, and Title I preschool programs. Her early professional experience began as a Coordinator of Title I elementary school services and elementary school teacher. She earned a doctor of education degree in educational leadership from the University of Southern California and serves on various state and local advisory councils.