Andrew O’Riordan, Math & English Teacher
Andrew has been fortunate to live, work and study on five of seven Continents in the last ten years. He draws on these experiences to shape his classroom. His educational philosophy is this: engage students in challenging, absorbing, and relevant lessons. Modern students expect to be prepared for our fast-changing future. Andrew shares this expectation.
Much of Andrew’s interest in teaching comes from two decades as a student. As a teenager, he attended public private Catholic schools in San Diego. He genuinely enjoyed his academic life in school, while also surfing for his school team and editing the campus newspaper. He succeeded in school because his teachers, coaches, and fellow students all contributed to a positive culture.
As a result of energetic work in middle and high school, Andrew went on to study at Princeton University. There he focused on history and Latin American studies, with forays into economics, philosophy, and literature. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts from Princeton, and certificates in Chinese and ESL (English as a Second Language).
Since college graduation in 2003, Andrew has spent every year on the Pacific Rim. Among other adventures he has studied Chinese in Taiwan, lived two surf seasons on the North Shore of Oahu, circumnavigated Australia, 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 averagely. He is a freelance journalist and a member of the Surfrider Foundation. He is excited to be a part of the West Maui community, sensing a fusion between the best of Oahu and the Big Island. He is honored to steward the evolution of our children into creative, motivated, and visionary young adults.