Who am I as an educator?
I am committed to helping learners engage with their interests, to help them experience the value of deep exploration, and to offer them the weight of our experience and learn alongside them.
Who am I as a learner?
Below are an array of resources and creative works around the idea of empowering the learner - some executed through the lens, others by creating space.
Storytelling & Community
Teachers of SIS is an #sisrocks project where peers nominate teachers highlighting their practices.
Digital Publishing & Collaboration
Transform is an iBook about contemporary teaching and learning practices captured at Shekou International School.
Spotlight: We Made This
Showcasing student work to a wider audience emphasizes that writing, recording, presenting, etc... is a social process—an exchange of ideas between authors and readers, not just a performance for the teachers.
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Spotlight: Making Thinking Visible with Project Zero
An interactive take on thinking routines, complexity, and shifts in perspective. To engage, please navigate to Flipgrid below. Once in, you can click on the drop-down menu to select the section you are interested in viewing.
Spotlight: Boosting Learner Agency Through Student-Curated Exhibition
A presentation about agency, choreographing exhibition to showcase student learning, and how this professional presentation to an authentic audience can elevate engagement at all steps of the learning process.
Spotlight: Computer Science Week
Needing to move towards a simple & useable program was the main idea behind our Computer Science Week refresh. Start of the year sessions, Parent Mornings, Advisory lessons, etc.... were all prepared & structured to encourage a culture of thinking (and doing). The framework not only became a centerpiece of our Hour of Code week, it brought some life, laughter, discussion and good will to our classrooms and school community.
Spotlight: Capturing China
In addition to complementing our Chinese program and students’ study of Mandarin, this exchange married a love for documenting and showcasing learning with the belief that students would return home with a deeper understanding of China including the people, history, cuisine, and culture.
Spotlight: Storyboarding & Writing
The storyboarding presentations below were introduced to grade 6 students as part of a unit where they had to develop scenes for their writing. We lead discussions around cinematography elements such as Camera shots, camera anglesLighting, sound, music, mood/ tone, color Mise-en-scène (placement...
Alex is an extraordinarily talented designer who crafts engaging visualizations that capture and showcase learning and understanding. His ability to create across multiple platforms and devices highlights his ingenuity and open-mindedness making him an incredible asset to any organization.
Joyce Pereira, Computer Science Faculty at
Korea International School
Mr. Gutierrez is like Dumbledore from Harry Potter always allowing his students to experiment and making sure they understand with respect and dignity
Byungjin Ko, First Year Student at
Rhode Island School of Design
I have worked alongside Alex as a visual art teacher and as a technology integrator. In both roles, he helps students and colleagues grow and use 21st-century skills in the classroom. He is a very hands on teacher and his lessons are always engaging and applicable to other areas of student life.
Maria Yung, Visual Art Faculty at
Riffa Views International School
Conceptual and visual skills in print, web, and photography.
Comfortable working in a team environment and self-motivated.
Extracurriculars & Service
MS + HS Advisor, Extended Essay Advisor, Personal Project Advisor, Week Without Walls Leader, Yearbook Club Sponsor, Habitat for Humanity. Certified in CPR and first aid.
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Alex Gutierrez & Lydia Mangle, © 2020