Mr. Alex Wurden

Phone: x2321 if on campus. Email me for my home phone number during distance learning, please.

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Degrees and Certifications:

Arizona State University Masters in Education Technology National Merit Scholar at UC-San Diego B.S. Psychology B.A. Music Minor Physics Teaching certifications in all sciences, entry-level math, career technical education, and supplemental authorizations in music and psychology. NASEF Fellow and leading esports coach

Mr. Alex Wurden

Alex Wurden began his STEM career in high school through science fairs.  These projects were awarded multiple Best of Shows at the state levels and one 4th Place at the international level as well as two scientific publications in professional journals.  During this time, he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratories in four different internships, where he developed data-acquisition and diagnostic systems for plasma, particle accelerator, and quantum optics experiments, and gained some entry-level technical experience with different kinds of hardware and programming languages.  He attended UC San Diego as a National Merit Scholar and minored in Physics while majoring in Music and Psychology with a thesis in psychoacoustics.  During and after college he worked at a tech startup company developing atmospheric plasma jet technology, and later ran a small business for three years.
 
He's taught 6-8th grade middle school science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Pre-Algebra through Algebra 2, and PLTW Principles of Engineering, and is now also teaching IB Computer Science SL too.  His teaching brings the subject matter to life with hands-on labs and projects where students are in charge, exciting demos, and relevant connections to the real world.  His classroom expects students to be high achievers, but also provides them the support each student needs to get there.  
 
Alex is married and has two children.  He enjoys homebrewing, building custom computers, gaming, triathlon and racing, reading, traveling, kite-surfing, and winter sports.
 
He is currently the head coach for Oakmont's growing Esports team, was a NASEF Esports Fellow, and has also previously mentored Board Games and Strategy Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Robotics and Engineering Club, and others.
  • Current Courses:

    • IB Computer Science SL 1, Period 2
    • NGSS Physics, Period 3
    • IB Computer Science SL 1, Period 4

    Please note that Zoom links emailed at the start of the year are re-occurring, and can also be accessed using Homelink or Google Classroom (in the Reference section of the Classwork tab).

     After-school schedule

    • Tuesday - Staff meeting 5th Period in the library, IB Teacher's meeting
    • Wednesdays - esports coaching and tournament matches
    • Thursdays - computer club (once it gets going)
    • Fridays - esports coaching and tournament matches