Andy D.


Andy is a Brooklynite by way of Kansas City and Marseille, France. A passionate language teacher, writing coach, and UX designer, he earned his PhD in French literature from NYU while also helping to create a language teaching chatbot for the wildly popular app Duolingo. Andy currently works as a Voice User Experience designer, creating interfaces for all sorts of digital assistants, chatbots, and even those “phone systems” that seem to understand exactly what you asked for!

In his decade’s worth of experience as a French teacher, Andy has come to focus on: leading students in grammar games and drills, having students create and analyze recordings of their own speech, and guiding them through in-depth study of stories, song, poems, newspaper clippings, and film. He is also adept at taking travelers from “frenchophobic” to “fantastique” in record time, using a technique similar to Michel Thomas’ conversational method. As a writing coach, Andy has led applicants through tough admissions essays by helping them form a narrative out of every important tidbit of information they need to convey. He also specializes in helping high school students transition to collegiate writing.

Andy spends every spare second with his partner, dog, and baby. He even writes sometimes with one drawing next to him, the other one bouncing on his knee, and the last one nipping at his heel.

Education & Qualifications
  • New York University, PhD in French
  • Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence (France), MA in Translation Studies

  • University of Kansas, BA in English
  • French
  • Expository Writing & the Essay