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Andrew's story

From Playwright to English Teacher

❝ Born and raised in the Francisco Bay Area, I studied my B.A. in Theater Arts at Loyola University of New Orleans as a member of the Class of Hurricane Katrina. While there, I studied Religion in India, and Art and Culture in Peru. In India, I taught English for the first time and in Peru I interned under the Cultural Group Yuyachkani as a playwright. With a writer as father and a former Thai newspaper editor as mother, I became the go-to proofreader for my colleagues’ papers.


After graduating, I studied my certificate in ESL Teaching and moved to Thailand to teach high school English Communication and English Education at a public university. I continued teaching various English subjects at a private academy in Honolulu and University of Hawai’i at Manoa, two language academies in South Korea and for the Royal Saudi Navy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.









A Career in Writing


Throughout all of this I studied language becoming fluent in Spanish, capable in Thai, and learning basic Korean, Quechua and Arabic. With my Dutch spouse Leoni, Dutch was added to my crowded language repository. After finishing my M.S. Thesis specializing in UNESCO’s Culture for Development and Peruvian Indigenous Community Film, I taught Language Arts for Stratford School Middle School San Francisco. My writing career started with writing practice tests for Imperial Publishing and educational textbooks in Seoul and then continued in Amsterdam after studying the science of solutions for how international organizations or local communities improve their situations. 








Returning to My Roots


While publishing a few creative short stories and working on longer manuscripts, I realized I could use my passion for storytelling; knack for the theatrical; confidence in academic, scientific and technical writing; love of correct and eloquent English; and ease with world languages to help improve international organizations’ written content. I am currently studying an associates degree in Forestry Technology and Management to broaden my natural scientific knowledge as well as geographic and natural resource-based technological applications. This has deepened my ability to craft compelling stories of good organizations doing important work. ❞

- Andrew

My Resumé

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