Andrew O’Riordan, Math & English Teacher
Andrew has been fortunate to live, work and study on five of seven Continents. In over ten years as a teacher Andrew has taught American History, Geography, World Cultures, English, Spanish, Algebra, Physical Education, English as a Second Language, Character Education, and Yearbook. This is Andrew’s fifth year at Maui Prep.
At Maui Preparatory Academy in School Year 2014-2015 Andrew teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) to boarding students, blended language (Spanish/French) classes to American day students, Geography, and Yearbook. He coaches Middle School Cross Country and the Varsity Surf Team. He also serves as the Student Activities Coordinator/ Student Senate Advisor.
At University Andrew focused on History and Latin American Studies, with forays into economics, philosophy, and literature. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts from Princeton University, and certificates in Mandarin Chinese and ESL (English as a Second Language) Instruction.
Since college graduation in 2003, Andrew has spent every year on the Pacific Rim. Among other adventures, he has studied Chinese in Taiwan, written about two surf seasons on the North Shore of Oahu, circumnavigated Australia in a panel van, and served as a boarding parent at Hawaii Preparatory Academy.
He has worked in public and private schools at home and abroad, including a year at a private Taiwanese school, two years in the Central District of Oahu, and three years in Big Island schools.
Andrew reads voraciously, surfs avidly, and plays guitar spastically. He lives with his wife and daughter in Kahana. He is a freelance journalist, having been published in Lahaina News, Maui Time, The Honolulu Weekly, the Big Island Weekly and Surfer Magazine. He serves as Volunteer Coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation, Maui Chapter. You can learn more by reading his blog at: http://andreworiordan1.blogspot.com/.