Some students may have a hard time knowing how they will apply what they learn in class to their actual jobs. Brock Alexander, a student in the Executive School Leadership Program, gets to apply what he learns every day. As an engineering teacher at Freedom Preparatory Academy in Provo, Utah, he has leadership opportunities allowing him to implement the frameworks he is learning in the ExSL Program.
“One exciting experience I am [having now is] . . . to start the professional learning community process from the beginning with my team at school,” Alexander said. “It has been exciting to see [our team] grow, improve, and find more focused purpose during our meetings.”
Becoming an administrator seemed like a natural career progression from Alexander’s experience as a teacher involved with leadership. “I have this nerdy passion for learning about educational work environments to see what makes them positive and high functioning,” Alexander said. “I was given leadership opportunities at my school and felt strongly that I needed to gain more knowledge, tools, and perspective.”
Because the ExSL Program is part time, it has been a good fit for Alexander’s current position. “I wanted to keep teaching while earning my graduate degree,” he said. “In my research of potential programs, I felt strongly that BYU would provide me with guidance and experience I was hoping to gain.”
Alexander has enjoyed his experience as a teacher and the opportunities he’s had to work with students.
“I took a year off, looking into the medical field, but quickly learned that education was what I was most passionate about,” Alexander said. “I love seeing students take information and knowledge and use it to create something. As an engineering teacher, I love seeing students make mistakes, and then use those opportunities to improve their thinking and creating.”
Alexander graduated from BYU in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in technology and engineering education. He currently teaches introductory engineering, video production, and interactive media design to high school students. He lives in Orem with his wife, two daughters, and newborn son.
Writer: Kirsten Clancy
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