Alex Hurst is one of our new teachers in the TEE (Technology & Engineering Education) department. However, he may be a familiar face to some teachers here at Waubonsie Valley as he graduated as a Warrior in 2013. Let’s get to know what Alex has been up to since graduating and becoming a member of our Warrior Staff.
What do you teach here at WV?
Technology & Engineering Education (TEE): Engineering Technology 1, Principles of Engineering, PLTW Civil Engineering & Architecture
Do you coach or oversee any clubs/activities here at WV?
I.D.E.A., (working out coaching lacrosse, not finalized)
How many years of experience in education do you have? Where have you taught before WV?
This is my first year teaching! I student taught at Neuqua Valley.
Why did you get into education?
I got into education because I wanted to be a positive influence for students and teach them valuable skills. I also wanted the opportunity to coach lacrosse and be a role model outside of the classroom.
Where did you go to high school?
Waubonsie Valley (Class of 2013)
Where did you go to college?
Illinois State University
Where do you get inspiration from?
Former WV teachers, ISU Tech Ed professors, colleagues
Do you have a favorite Warrior Memory? (Especially those of you who went to WV as students)
My favorite Warrior Memory is spending time in the drafting lab. I spent a lot of lunch periods in there working on drawings and other projects. Some of the times I have laughed the hardest with classmates were in that room and I believe it is there where I produced some of my best work. The drafting lab inspired me to initially go into architecture and eventually into TEE.
Favorite childhood teacher and why?
My favorite teacher was Steve Skorup. He was my wrestling coach and taught all of my favorite TEE classes. Mr. Skorup expected a lot from his students but at the same time had a fun and engaging classroom.
When not at school, where do you like to spend your time or what do you like to do? Do you have any special talents?
Outside of school I enjoy playing guitar and other instruments. I also enjoy camping and other outdoors activities such as backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing.
What are your future goals?
In the distant future I would like to become a river guide and take groups out on canoeing and whitewater rafting trips. I would still be instructing and teaching but in a much different setting than the classroom.
What did you do this summer?
This summer I spent a lot of time at Project Lead The Way training getting ready for the school year. When I wasn’t training I worked full-time on an architecture design team.
What is your goal for this school year?
My goal for the school year is to soak in as much as I can as a new teacher and to get involved.