Andrew O'Brien

BA, Gordon College
At New Hope since 2014

Andrew O’Brien is a New Hope Alumn (’09). After 6 years of Mr. Westrate’s classes, is it any surprise that Andrew enjoys reading and writing? In one form or another, Andrew has been teaching since he was fifteen. Throughout college, Andrew tutored students in English and writing. This year and last, he taught a small-group writing class for Orchard Community Classes.

He has studied the martial arts since he was eight and has been instructing since he attained the rank of black belt at age fifteen. He recently earned his fourth degree black belt (master rank) and travels between Marblehead, Manchester, Wenham, Rowley, and Beverly to teach private lessons or group Karate classes at YMCAs, schools, colleges, and his organization’s home studio. The students he teaches range in age from four to fifty-four. He has also worked as a counselor or as Junior Counselor Director at Gordon College’s La Vida Adventure Camp for the past six years.

Andrew’s approach to teaching is that the work he assigns should be productive and engaging. To that end, it should be challenging. Andrew seeks to meet students where they are and to give them the opportunity to better themselves.