Andy graduated from the University of Connecticut with dual bachelor’s degrees in Secondary Mathematics Education and Mathematics, magna cum laude and summa cum laude, respectively. His background includes tutoring, curriculum design, and management of a private education center, as well as musical theatre, improv comedy, writing, and composing. He was president of his university’s drama club, as well as vocal director at a children’s theatre for a number of years. He absolutely ascribes to the belief that music and math go hand-in-hand, and could probably talk for hours about it, so don’t get him started unless you’ve cleared out your schedule for the afternoon!
Andy’s focus at Ivy Scholars is math, including preparing for standardized tests like SAT, ACT, or AP tests, as well as general tutoring. His specialty is finding and fixing the content gaps or misconceptions that a student naturally accumulates through prior years of math classes. He also prides himself in his ability to make math not just understandable, but engaging and enjoyable! Students who work with Andy can expect to deepen not just their content knowledge, but their curiosity and critical thinking skills as well.
Andy originally intended to be a high school math teacher, but found that his passion was much more oriented in the direction of one-on-one individualized instruction. He finds greater joy (and better results) when the requisite time is given to ensure that all students leave with complete understanding, which isn’t always possible in a crowded classroom where everyone learns different topics at different paces. Andy’s favorite thing in the world is taking a student who isn’t confident they can do something, and showing them that they can; and his favorite sound in the world is the “Ohhh!” that happens when it all finally clicks.
Fun fact: Andy has written and composed two complete, fully original musicals, and is working on a third.
Alma Mater: University of Connecticut
“Try as you might, you continue to be yourself.” – Toby Fox