About Andrew Watson


My teaching life started in 1988 in a high-school English classroom; I’ve been working in schools ever since. 

For 13 years I taught English at Loomis Chaffee, where I also served as Dean of Faculty. I’ve taught at Concord Academy and the Phillips Exeter Summer School.

I started Translate the Brain in 2012, after earning an M. Ed. in Harvard’s Mind Brain Education program. Since then, I’ve traveled the country — and the globe — to help make learning easier and teaching more effective.

I talk with teachers, students, parents — as well as administrators, trustees, and alumni. I work regularly with K-12 schools, and have presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Rowman & Littlefield have published my first two books:

  • Learning Begins: The Science of Working Memory and Attention for the Classroom Teacher.

  • Learning Grows: The Science of Motivation for the Classroom Teacher.

Since 2017, I have edited the Learning and the Brain blog