Andrew Harriman '82

Andrew Harriman is a private school World History Teacher; he teaches at his alma mater, Randolph-Macon.
Upper School World History Teacher

Andy Harriman is a history teacher who brings a life rich with experiences to R-MA. He was born in Japan and spent fourteen years living in Southeast Asia, arriving at R-MA as a sophomore. "Being a cadet myself, R-MA did so much for me it is hard to put it into words," he says now.  "I received an excellent education and saw life at a level that I wanted to be a part of.  R-MA taught me the value of education, family, and life-long friendships—my best friend then is still my best friend now." Harriman graduated in the Class of 1982.

When he's not dressed up as Shan-Yu for the Drama Department's production of Mulan, Mr. Harriman appears normal. But one conversation and you'll learn he's a world traveler.

After graduation, he studied history in Athens at the American College of Greece for two years. Harriman then spent some time traveling before completing his bachelor’s in 1999 from Keene State College in New Hampshire. His first teaching position was at Chesapeake Bay Academy, a school specializing in students with learning challenges. While there, he taught both high school and middle school history, coached basketball and soccer, and designed the high school history curriculum.

Harriman began his R-MA career as a teacher in the Middle School in 2004 and currently teaches freshman World History in the Upper School. Mr. Harriman has been recognized for his on-going teaching excellence on several occasions. He earned Mentor of the Year honors in 2010, the United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award in 2014, and was chosen as R-MA’s Faculty of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year.

He has been involved in R-MA's extracurricular scene by coaching soccer and basketball in the Middle School. In the Upper School, Harriman has served as an assistant coach for varsity football, baseball, softball and is currently head coach for the JV basketball team.

Mr. Harriman’s patience and passion for history have made him a natural teacher. His personal goal is to involve every student in his class and show them the true excitement of history.

Mr. Harriman is married to R-MA's Director of Admissions, Amy Harriman.  Mr. and Mrs. Harriman live on-campus with their son, Campbell.


  • B.A., Keene State College
  • Courses: World History II, 20th Century Warfare
  • R-MA Mentor, National Social Studies Honor Society Advisor, Freshman Team Co-Advisor, Yellow Jackets Varsity Football Announcer, "Mandatory Fun" band member
  • Head Coach Swimming, Assistant Coach Girls' Soccer