As a young boy, Andrew Dranginis divided his time equally between reading and climbing trees, skills that carried him to the Hotchkiss School, where he divided his time between classwork and chlorinating himself in the school pool. His next stop was Harvard College, where he discovered that he is terrible at multivariable calculus, pretty good at replicating DNA, and deeply in love with the study of literature and English—realizations that would have been impossible without some painful trial and error.
His premature visions of a career in science were quickly replaced when Andrew found his way to the classroom: his first experience teaching, at the Exeter Summer School in 2005, pointed him to his calling. Ever since, teaching has taken him to great and exciting places: first back to Hotchkiss, then off to Singapore and Korea, then on to Suffield Academy, and finally to Mount Holyoke College. While living in Singapore and Korea, he learned how much more powerful it can be to live in a country than to simply visit, and he became fascinated with the way that cultures shape our perceptions of ourselves and the world.
When not teaching, Andrew is happiest when he can explore the links, boundaries, and social structures that shape us; he feels that teaching secondary English offers one of the best opportunities for him and his students to do this. Andrew was grateful to be a member of the 2015 cohort, and he is now applying what he learned in the MAT program at the Lawrenceville School.