Mr. Alex Wurden

Phone: 2203

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Degrees and Certifications:

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.

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.  His teaching brings the subject matter to life with hands-on labs 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.
  • Current Courses:

    • Honors Chemistry - Period 1
    • Honors Chemistry - Period 3
    • NGSS Course 2 Release - Period 4

     After-school schedule

    • 5th Period - Wed/Thurs in the Library
    • Computer Club - Fridays in IA-2
    • Strategy and Board Game Club (including Chess Club) - Fridays in IA-3