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My current teaching focus is helping to enable young people to develop confidence, self-direction and self-reliance in their life's work by unleashing their creativity in various subjects while offering them new skills and techniques.
I have been enthusiastically teaching for over twenty-five years, generally in the fields of fine art and web development. Previously, I founded an alternative K-12 school in New Jersey, co-founded a Brooklyn based summer camp, and most recently, co-founded play:groundNYC, a junkyard playground for children on Governors Island in New York City, where children are self-directed in their play with an array of junk materials for uninhibited play and discovery.
I am a certified New York State art teacher, have taught K-12, college, graduate, and continuing education. I have a Masters in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design, The New School University and a Bachelors of Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.
I volunteer facilitating a Theatre of the Oppressed class to elementary through high school aged students at an alternative school in Spanish Harlem. Previously, I volunteered running the wood shop at the school.
I administer the development of summer day camp program at a junkyard play space for elementary- and middle school-aged children to promote self-directed play and reasonable risk-taking.
I created and ran a day camp for children aged 5-12 focusing on community impact through experiential learning and play. Our camp focused on visual art, construction, and imaginative role playing. We also collaborated with a Community Supported Agriculture program to run “CSA in the Classroom," established dog-walking partnership with Prospect Park animal rescue site, and ran a child-centered Playground Rating Project
I created, administered, and taught at nonprofit democratic free school for 5-12 year olds. My full-time teaching there included a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to: woodworking, art history, environmental science, sewing, fundamental patterns through card games, role playing games and web development.
· Web Design · Online Alex is an amazing teacher who explains things very clearly and gives plenty of examples so any beginner in Web Design can follow along easily and implement those concepts in their own websites.
· Woodworking · In studio Our 9 year old has spent many hours with Alex creating clay sculptures, wooden weaponry, and forts from old cardboard and tires. He also taught him how to code in order to create his own blog. Alex inspires, guides and challenges kids but allows them to self-direct themselves in order to make their own personal and creative decisions.
· Web Design · In home Alex is a great teacher! He comes to class prepared, is encouraging, and breaks down the lessons step by step to make it easy to understand.