• About me

    Teacher | Coach | Author | Artist

    As an educator with over 10 years of working with secondary level students, I have gained an appreciation and love for the energy of middle school students as well as the rigor and breadth that comes with a cohort of IB students. Though some find working with students in these stages of life challenging, I enjoy encouraging complex thinking and compassion in kids who possess such wonder and potential.


    As a tinkerer and life-long learner, I also believe that when the integration of technology is paired with a clear vision and a desire to improve student learning, it becomes a powerful catalyst for dialogue, rigor and pedagogical transformation.


    On a personal note, I was born in Nicaragua but grew up in Washington DC, and while I call this part of the east coast of the United States my home, I feel lucky to identify as an international educator, having taught at Shekou International School (SIS) for the past six years. I am joined by my wife, Lydia, who is an early childhood teacher and my daughter Colette. As we continue to travel and explore new places, we grow closer as a family unit. We can't wait to see what the future has in store for each of us!


    Explore this site or the resumé link below to learn more about my professional and educational philosophy. Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter using @4lexgutierrez for timely updates and insights.

    Who am I as a teacher


    Shekou International School
    China, August 2012-2018
    Learning Innovation Coach | IB Art Teacher | Advisor

    North Shore Country Day School
    United States, August 2008- 2012
    Grades 6 -12 | Visual Art Faculty | Advisor

    Putney Student Travel, Putney Vermont

    Programs: Excel Amherst, Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica

    2005-2010 | Visual Art Instructor

    Speaking & Workshops

    • 21st Century Learning, Hong Kong Boosting Learner Agency through Student-Curated Exhibitions.  
    • September Sessions @ SIS, Shenzhen, China
    • EdCamp @ SIS, Shenzhen, China
    • CREATE @ SIS, Shenzhen, China

    Over the past 6 years, I have been lucky to be part of a team tasked with transitioning Shekou International School (SIS) into a leader in educational technology and innovation. Some of my contributions include:


    • Documented, showcased, and shared best practices regarding the integral use of technology ~ share.sis.org.cn/innovation
    • Created We Made This,  an online space that features student artwork, galleries, as well as course descriptions, expectations, and glimpses of in-progress action via social media. 
    • Designed Transform, an iBook about contemporary teaching and learning practices captured at Shekou International School.
    • Organized and facilitated the rollout of hour of code activities to develop student computer science skills.
    • Collaborated closely with IT department to provide technology assistant to all staff
    • Fostered an engaging learning environment with high expectations and appropriate scaffolding.
    • Consistently conferred with students to assess strengths and encourage academic growth.
  • "Mr. Gutierrez is just like Dumbledore from Harry Potter. He allows his students to learn from their mistakes and enhances their artistic horizons with dignity"


    First year student at RISD

  • Boosting learner agency

    Click below to see how I am working to boost learner agency by leveraging a student-curated exhibition to an authentic audience

    Professional Sharing

    This iBook is an interactive guide that provides students with useful information on the three key assessments of the Diploma Program.​

    We Made This

    is an online space that features Upper and Middle School student artwork. In addition to galleries, viewers will have access to course descriptions...​

    Branding & Identity​

    Tasked with refreshing the Shekou International School's identity, this project included logos, website revamp, ...

  • Who am I as a learner

    Formal Education

    Master of Education | Montana State University

    State of Montana Educator License

    Endorsements: 05A Art, K-12


    Master of Fine Art | Maryland Institute College of Art

    Mount Royal School of Art | Interdisciplinary


    Bachelor of Fine Art | University of Maryland, College Park

    Major in Painting & Minor in Art History

    Professional Development

    • Level 5: The iPad Creative Curiosity Institute
    • 21st Learning, Hong Kong SAR
    • Learning 2.015, Manila, Philippines
    • Adaptive School with Bob Garmston, Shenzhen, China
    • EdCamp, SIS Workshop, Shenzhen, China
    • CREATE @SIS Workshop, Shenzhen, China
    • PyschExcite, Theory of Knowledge, Hong Kong SAR
  • As a teaching artist...


    I am committed to my personal work and a healthy studio practice. I have over fifteen years’ experience creating, exhibiting and curating in the US and overseas. I am well versed in installation, painting and drawing and sculpture – all of which are born from or make their way into my classroom. To learn more about my studio practice, click below.


  • License & Awards

    IB Certificates in Teaching & Learning


    DP Category 2 Visual Arts

    Singapore, Tanglin Trust School

    August 2013


    DP Category 1 Visual Arts

    IBO Online Workshop

    May 2013


    Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship

    Washington DC

    March, 2008

    Published Work

    Action & Service

    • 2015 Save the Apes Juice Campaign
    • 2014 Gastronauts Community Project
    • 2005 Exhibit Educator, Smithsonian Institute, Sackler & Freer Galleries, Washington DC
  • Personal Interests & Extracurricular

    MS + HS Advisor, Extended Essay Advisor, Week Without Walls Leader, Yearbook Club Sponsor, Action Team Member, Certified in CPR and First Aid Rescue

    Multilingual: Fluent in Spanish, Italian and conversational in Japanese and Mandarin

    I also enjoy photography, playing musical instruments, exploring, cooking, eating, traveling, good design and skateboarding.

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