Executive Director

Andrew Kieta


Andrew is Morningside’s Executive Director.  He’s been with Morningside for 10 years, first as a trainer with Morningside Teachers’ Academy partner schools in Hawaii and then as Associate Director of Morningside Academy since 2017.

He received his B.A. in Public Affairs Journalism from The Ohio State University in 2007 but after a summer at Morningside’s Summer School Institute, turned towards Generative Instruction.  He first started teaching middle school but quickly expanded to working with a wide array of K-12 students.  He spent two more summers studying and coaching at Morningside while training dozens of teachers and education professionals in the Implementation of the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Ohio.

Andrew oversaw the implementation of the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction at Haugland Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as director from 2010-2014.  This was the first successful replication of the Morningside Model of Generative Instructions with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Andrew completed his Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas under the mentorship of Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and Dr. Traci Cihon.  He completed an experimental research thesis on operant variability, a behavioral phenomenon critical to creativity and problem solving.  He also conducted instructional design research on undergraduate education and Dr. Israel Goldiamond’s constructional approach to therapy.

In addition to overseeing all aspects of Morningside Academy, Andrew also coordinates Morningside Teachers’ Academy partnerships with schools across North America and Europe. He’s a frequent speaker at behavior analysis, special education, and general education conferences and workshops.

He’s an avid reader, indie rock and americana music fan, and enthusiastic outdoorsman, who enjoys swimming, paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking, trailrunning, and much more. Above everything, he enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah and two children, Bear and Scout.


His recent publications include:


Johnson, K., Street, E. M., Kieta, A. R, & Robbins, J. K. (2021). The Morningside Model of Generative Instruction: Building a Bridge Between Skills and Inquiry Teaching. Cornwell-on-Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing



Espericueta Luna, W., Urbina, T., Kieta, A. R., Abdel-Jalil, A., & Cihon, T. M. (in press). A preliminary investigation of how to teach and measure problem solving. 

Evans, A. L., Bulla, A. J., & Kieta, A. R. (2021). The precision teaching system: a synthesized definition, concept Analysis, and process. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 14(3), 559-576.

Kieta, A. R., Cihon, T. M., & Abdel-Jalil, A. (2018). Problem Solving from a Behavioral Perspective: Implications for Behavior Analysts and Educators. Journal of Behavioral Education, 1-26.

Cihon, T. M., Kieta, A., & Glenn, S. (2018). Teaching behavior analysis with behavior analysis: The evolution of the teaching science lab at the University of North Texas. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 19(2), 150-175.

Kieta, A. R. (2016). Reinforcing Variability Produces Stereotypic Behavior. Unpublished master’s thesis. University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.


Instructional Programs and Manuals

Johnson, K., Melroe, K., Kieta, A.R., & Brown, D. (2015). Morningside Model of Generative Instruction: Teacher’s Manual. Seattle, WA. Morningside Press.