Alex is originally from Huntsville, Alabama and holds a B.S. from Auburn University, a M.A.T. from The University of West Alabama, and an Ed.M in Education Leadership from Columbia University. Alex has taught high school in the Cobb County School District and middle school at a Blue Ribbon Award winning charter school in the Fulton County School District. It was during this time that Alex developed a passion for creating charter schools as a transformational model for reimagining the educational experience for all learners. Driven by her interest in innovation and design thinking in education, Alex joined the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School faculty where she served as the Head of 8th Grade, the Middle School Design Thinking Coach for the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, and 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher. Her leadership at Mount Vernon included helping redesign the 7th and 8th grade social studies curriculum into thematic courses and leading the development of the Pioneer: The Journey of Civilization thematic course in 6th grade. Her graduate studies at Columbia University and her work at Mount Vernon inspired her to rejoin the charter school movement and lead transformational change in public education from the ground up. Alex currently serves as the Assistant Principal of a brand new charter school in the Fulton County School District founded on the tenets of innovation, problem solving, and empowering students to be active change agents instead of recipients of knowledge.
In addition to these roles, Alex served as a team member and continues to coach for the Atlanta K-12 Design Challenge, a partnership with Atlanta area independent schools, Fulton County Schools, and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (the d.School) charged with utilizing design thinking to innovate Atlanta’s schools. Driven by her passion for transforming schools, Alex was invited in the spring of 2014 to attend a White House Social with Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and 19 fellow educators around the country to discuss education reform. She enjoys sharing her passions and reflections on her professional blog, and her article Moving from isolated teachers to connected R&D teams across multiple schools was recently published by Harvard University’s Transforming Teaching Project. When Alex is not at school, she enjoys giving back to the community through her involvement with the Junior League of Atlanta and as a Board Member of Rebuilding Together Atlanta.