Kaaren Andrews is in her ninth year as the principal of Interagency Academy, an alternative high school comprised of 12 campuses within the Seattle Public School system. Each campus partners with organizations and agencies such as YouthCare’s Orion Center for homeless youth and the King County Juvenile Detention Center. For most students, Interagency is the last chance for education after expulsion, incarceration, homelessness, teen parenting, untreated issues with drugs and mental health, and other traumatic life events. Prior to Interagency, Kaaren spent 6 years as principal of Madrona K-8 School. She is the recipient of Crosscut’s 2015 Courage Award for public service, given to local public service, culture and business leaders whose personal and professional dedication is making our region more vital, equitable, and inclusive.