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By Gabby Delpleash

Originally planning to major in Chemical Engineering and Anthropology, New science teacher Alex Warn decided to pursue a career in teaching instead.

Alexander Warn, Science

JagWire: First, tell us a little about yourself.

Alexander Warn: “My name is Alexander Thomas Thomas Warn ( I have two middle names and they are both Thomas) . I am a young person and my family moved quite a bit. My father had to travel from North Carolina to Illinois, and back to North Carolina until he finally found a long-term job in Kansas, my 8th grade nearest middle school. My two younger brothers, my mother and I would travel with him and when we finally settled down in Kansas I attended Shawnee Mission Northwest until graduating in 2004. I went to college at KU originally to become a chemical engineer but decided to pursue anthropology my sophomore year instead due to being bored with the engineering curriculum and wanting Adventure like Indiana Jones. When I realized that there wasn’t any more treasure to be had or Nazis to fight, I decided to pursue teaching because of all of the positive influences I had growing up as teachers. One of my favorite teachers was my social studies teacher sophomore year of high school who is also my football coach and had taught me many things about courage, dedication and the importance of Education. I aspire to be much like him and so pursued High School teaching as a way to become a coach and be that light for new generations of children. After college I obtained my Master’s Degree while teaching at Olathe South High School and coaching football for many years. I loved my coworkers and I especially loved helping students grow in a love for science and understand the importance of being an active participant in their own education. After my seventh year teaching at Olathe South, my wife and I decided to move to West Virginia to pursue a career both getting to teach and preaching our Faith as directors of a series of summer camps in the Appalachian Mountains. In the off Seasons I taught second grade, 5th grade and Middle School at a Catholic grade school nearby. Due to budgetary cuts however, the diocese decided to close down our camp after running for 6 years and I decided to move back to Kansas with my family to be closer to my parents and in-laws. Upon searching for jobs I had noticed that a good friend of mine Mrs. Jessica Long was stepping away from teaching at Mill Valley and I inquired if her position would be open. I applied and received the position and now I’m here!”

JW: Describe your college experience.

AW: “I went to college at KU originally to become a chemical engineer but decided to pursue anthropology my sophomore year instead due to being bored with the engineering curriculum and wanting Adventure like Indiana Jones. When I realized that there wasn’t any more treasure to be had or Nazis to fight, I decided to pursue teaching because of all of the positive influences I had growing up as teachers. After college I obtained my Master’s Degree while teaching at Olathe South High School and coaching football for many years”

JW: Why did you decide to go into teaching?

AW: “One of my favorite teachers was my social studies teacher sophomore year of high school who is also my football coach and had taught me many things about courage, dedication and the importance of Education. I aspire to be much like him and so pursued High School teaching as a way to become a coach and be that light for new generations of children.”

JW: What is your experience with teaching high school students?

AW: “I [taught] at Olathe South High School and coached football for many years. After my seventh year teaching at Olathe South, my wife and I decided to move to West Virginia to pursue a career both getting to teach and preaching our Faith as directors of a series of summer camps in the Appalachian Mountains. In the off Seasons I taught second grade, 5th grade and Middle School at a Catholic grade school nearby. Due to budgetary cuts however, the diocese decided to close down our camp after running for 6 years and I decided to move back to Kansas with my family to be closer to my parents and in-laws.”

 JW: What do you want students to know about you?

AW: “As I mentioned, I ran a summer camp for 6 years in West Virginia and had worked at 1 for 2 years in college so outdoor activities such as camping, horseback riding, archery, canoeing and rock climbing I saw the activities I like to do with my family. We also own a farm and so agricultural things like growing grapes and peaches and pecans are some of my favorite things to do when I am not at the school. I am currently coaching football at Monticello Trails with Coach Wurtz and I’ve been enjoying myself intensely with the 7th graders.”

JW: What hobbies do you have?

 AW: “I love to play video games with my five boys or get into a game of Dungeons and Dragons with them. We play a lot of cooperative and competitive board games and I recently acquired a concertina accordion that I have been enjoying learning how to play. It’s the same type of accordion that a pirate might have used back in the old days. I listen to all sorts of music ranging from sea shanties 2 American folk music and bluegrass. But my favorite genre of music has to be techno music and anyone who comes into my classroom will become acquainted with the many varieties of techno music that there can be! I like to watch Japanese anime and read fictional stories such as Lord of the Rings, Redwall, and other medieval style worlds.”

JW: What is an interesting fact about yourself?

AW: “I like to watch Japanese anime and read fictional stories such as Lord of the Rings, Redwall, and other medieval style worlds.”

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