Elizabeth Andersen is a former Duval County Public Schools educator, current small business owner, mental health counselor, wife and mother. Raised in Arlington, she attended Arlington Heights Elementary School, Arlington Middle School and Terry Parker High School. Andersen obtained her bachelor of arts degree in English with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Florida. After graduation, in search of a meaningful and fulfilling career path, she decided to become an educator. Andersen taught in Alachua County for one year, but ultimately found her future at home in Jacksonville. She continued her teaching career in Duval County - teaching English at both Terry Parker High School and Edward H. White High School. There, she served as a lead teacher and had the opportunity to participate in curriculum writing and development. As a result, she has a clear understanding of the rigorous academic demands on both teachers and students.