Alexander Khost

Alexander K.

Brooklyn, NY

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Alexander delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 1991

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.

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Sep 2015 - Present
Agile Learning Center

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.

Summer Programming Director
Aug 2014 - Present

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.

Co-Director, Counselor
Jun 2012 - Aug 2014
Alamander Summer Camp

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

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Founder, Director, Teacher
Aug 2006 - Jun 2009
Teddy McArdle Free School

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.

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MFA in Design & Technology
Sep 2000 - Jun 2003
Parsons School of Design, The New School University
BA in Painting and Art History
Sep 1993 - Jun 1997
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


CPR and First Aid Certification
May 2017
Red Cross

New York State K-12 Art Teacher
Jun 2003
Department of Education

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Jun 1999


Dean's List
Jun 2001
Parsons School of Design, The New School University

Photos & Videos

Teaching woodworking to elementary aged children

Teaching painting and drawing

Cityscape drawing class for elementary aged children

Photo by Alexander K.

Sometimes expressing yourself means creating a mess!

Teaching painting to forth graders


5 Reviews

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Kit Sep 22, 2017
Painting · In home

Wonderful first lesson from Alexander! The child is very excited for the Mondays' afternoons!

Devi K. Jun 2, 2017
Painting · In studio

Alex is kind and patient. He is always well prepared, explains things clearly and makes an effort to come up with new activities. We're glad we found a teacher so close to home and we feel lucky. My daughter looks forward to every class. Sometimes Alex's sons join the lesson. They are lovely - my daughter really enjoys their company and I'm glad that she has both individual instruction as well as the chance to work with his kids.

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Subha May 7, 2017
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.

Alfie Mar 9, 2017
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.

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Jorge Mar 9, 2017
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.

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