Faculty: Alex Tuel

Alex tuel 1 Director of Math, Science, & Teacher Education

Office: #LC-682
Phone: 301-387-3028
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Current Courses

EDU 105 (Docs)
EDU 201 (Docs)
PSY 211 (Docs)
EDU 275 (Docs)


Education Page
West Virginia University, Ed.D. - Curriculum & Instruction/Educational Leadership
West Virginia University, M.A. - Secondary Education
West Virginia University, B.A. - Psychology

Teaching Philosophy
"There are numerous philosophies throughout the world with regard to the teaching profession and I like to think of my philosophy as an eclectic version. Two major themes come to the forefront when I think of my teaching beliefs: role model, and engaging. Through the combination of these ideals I have constructed a philosophy that reflects my personality and the standards I would like to impart onto my students.

I strongly believe in the idea that a teacher needs to be a role model and a facilitator of learning. Through this notion a teacher can help students along the path of education and elicit self-discovery; foster high expectations and life-long learning. I do not see students as "empty receptacles," but young adults that are naturally curious and only need to be guided toward an answer. Yet, it is not only the job of the teacher to supply this knowledge, it is up to the student to embrace the teacher and willingly immerse themselves into the material.

A truly effective teacher must grab the attention of their students and never let go. I try to create an environment that encourages engaging dialogue and curiosity. When students understand that the instructor cares about their viewpoint an open discussion will freely occur. Raising issues that are relevant to students and allowing them to conduct civil discourse among peers is a wonderful process. Moreover, an engaging teacher must bring their enthusiasm to the class. Projecting your passion for the subject will become infectious and students will naturally become intrigued.

An ideal teacher is a role model, engaging, and flexible. Furthermore, an ideal teacher needs to be a continuous learner; always seeking ways to better themselves. A teacher is a leader, and as a leader a teacher must work well with students as well as colleagues. In turn, a leader must take the initiative to do what is best for the students, school, and community. "

Tuel, A. D. (2013). Who is accountable? In D. Adair Breault & R. Breault (Eds.), Experiencing Dewey: Insights for today's classrooms (2nd ed). Indianapolis, IN: Kappa Delta Pi.

Waterson, R. A. (2012). Civics in a digital republic: A transformative curriculum. Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education. West Virginia University Press: Morgantown, WV. [graduate researcher]


Community College: A Photographic Approach to the Educational Experience.  Presentation at the 9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), May 16, 2013, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Developmental Math Redesign.  Presentation at the 3rd Annual Summit on Completion: Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), December 7, 2012, Community College of Baltimore County

Learning Organizations and Community College. Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (RMERA), November 3, 2012, New Mexico State University

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