Meet the Advancement Team
After receiving a BA in history from Denison University and a Diploma in African Studies from the University of Cape Town, Andrew began his career as a four-year history teacher at The Marvelwood School. He transitioned to a job at The Taft School, his alma mater, and during his eight years at Taft, Andrew worked in admissions, taught history, coached soccer, squash, and lacrosse, lived in the dorm, and served as an advisor.
In 2005, Andrew was drawn to Berkshire because of the leadership of the school, the spectacular location, the rich institutional history, the incredible academic and co-curricular opportunities, and the students he met. There is a unique energy surrounding the exciting programmatic offerings on campus and Andrew loves finding students who will support and enhance these endeavors. He also enjoys traveling to new and developing states and countries to enhance the global community at Berkshire.
In addition to Andrew’s role in the Admission Office, he is the head girls’ tennis coach and also an advisor. Andrew lives on campus with his wife, Kelley, and their two sons, Burke and Drew. Kelley is an English teacher, Fourth Form Dean, coach, and sought-after advisor. The Bogarduses love spending time hiking, swimming, reading, and relaxing at their house in Vermont. When he is not working on his graduate degree, Andrew may also be spotted at the golf links from time to time.
Came to Berkshire: 2007
Where does your passion for teaching come from? Everyday in the classroom, I am reminded of my own experience in boarding school around the Harkness Table. There are magical moments in the classroom when there are no students, no teachers, just engaged people sharing ideas and perspectives. I love it when my students take the class in its own direction.
What excites you the most about teaching at Berkshire? I love the different perspectives that Berkshire students bring to the classroom. Every class presents an opportunity for my students to share their ideas that blends their own personal experiences with their interpretation of the readings and assignments.
How do you see yourself preparing the students for school and for life? My job as a teacher/coach/adviser is to listen well and to find a way for my students to live in the here and now. Life is a minefield for 14-19 year olds. As a former teenager who experienced that same minefield, I aspire to be that voice of suggestion that might help find that tricky left hand when times are tough.
What is your favorite tradition at Berkshire? I love how comfortable students and faculty are with one another and how often we all interact during the course of our days under the mountain. Our culture promotes healthy and frequent conversations that develops into lasting relationships that continue well after they receive their diplomas.