Andrew attended a K-12 Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. that included a semester abroad in Germany. Bitten by the wanderlust bug, Andrew finished his undergraduate psychology major in two years instead of four. This positioned him to be Clark University’s first student to study abroad twice, which he did at Murdoch University (Australia) and the University of Stirling (Scotland). Despite invitations to pursue PhDs at both, Andrew returned to Clark to graduate Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and earn an accelerated M.S. in professional communication. He also took a position at Clark’s Writing Center, where he discovered his passion for teaching undergraduate and graduate students one-on-one.
After Clark, Andrew spent a year facilitating social-emotional learning with underserved youth through a program at Princeton University. He then continued his studies at Columbia University, where he earned a masters and doctorate in education (cumulative GPA: 4.0/4.0). When Andrew wasn’t busy with academics or preparing his first novel, Leaning on Cedars, for publication in 2012, he tutored ESL students at Columbia’s Language Resource Center, coached 4th graders on English and math as an Arthur Zankel Fellow, and consulted graduate students through the Graduate Writing Center at Teachers College. He also taught and mentored special needs 5th and 6th graders as a specialty instructor in history, philosophy, and math.
Now, to offset the demands of the coaching and consulting company he launched in 2015, Andrew enjoys Latin dancing, traveling, and dropping by Columbia to encourage former colleagues to initiate business ventures of their own.