Alex Barron

Upper School English
B.A., Kenyon College
M.A.T., Brown University
M.A., Middlebury College
"Don't be afraid to step outside the herd sometimes. It's ok to be weird!"

Email Address: abarron@boyslatinmd.com

Phone Number: 410-377-5192 ext. 1196

Joined Boys' Latin: 
2012

Classes:
Upper School English

Extracurricular:
Advisor, Writing Center
Advisor, Film Society
Advisor, Chess Club
Coach, Wrestling

Hometown: Chatham, NJ

Education & Professional Training:
B.A., Kenyon College
M.A.T., Brown University
M.A., Middlebury College

Teaching Experience:
English Teacher, Moses Brown School
English Teacher, Thomas S. Wootton High School

Publications:
"The Immersive Classroom," Independent Teacher (Fall 2017)
"Baked Nectar and Frosted Ambrosia: The Unifying Power of Cake in Great Expectations and Jane Eyre," The Victorian (2014)
"As Full of Grief as Age: King Lear as Tragic Ancestor to No Country for Old Men," The Cormac McCarthy Journal (2012)
Monthly restaurant reviews, D.C. Spotlight

Awards, Honors and Recognition:
Edward E. Ford Enrichment Award, 2014, The Boys' Latin School

Teaching At BL:
Mr. Barron works to instill in his students a love of literature and language with an eye towards developing empathy through a broader understanding of the human experience. In doing so, his instruction strikes a balance between traditional analysis of the text and more creative approaches. "Young adults truly come alive during their first two years of high school and, as an English teacher, I'm lucky enough to see this transformation up close," he says.
 
By incorporating books like Of Mice and Men and Romeo and Juliet into the curriculum, Mr. Barron enjoys challenging his students with tough questions and watching their eyes light up as they continue their journey into great literature and wrestle with new concepts.
 
Mr. Barron doesn't take for granted BL's insistence on creating a healthy learning environment. His students approach education with enthusiasm and, above all, a willingness to cooperate with each other. He says, "I take great pride in being a role model to so many boys, but my students' love of learning also pushes me to be a better teacher."

What's More:
Not only is Mr. Barron a published writer, with regular contributions of various nonfiction pieces to journals and other publications, he is also an accomplished musician. He plays cello in the Hopkins Chamber Orchestra and the Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra, as well as guitar at local bars and coffee houses.
 
His favorite TV shows include The Sopranos, The Wire, and Game of Thrones. As for books, his favorite titles include The Sun Also Rises, The Sound and the Fury, The Grapes of Wrath, and A Confederacy of Dunces.
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