Mr. Alex Schenk, M.A.Ed.
Phone: (314) 696 - 2290
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics & Secondary Education - Saint Louis University
Master of Arts in Educational Technology - Lindenwood University
The duck has become the unofficial mascot of the computer science lab. The ducks come from the concept of "rubberduck debugging," a problem-solving technique in coding. More importantly our rubberducks, serve to keep the classroom fun, light-hearted, and community-focused.
About Mr. Schenk
Mr. Alex Schenk enters his seventh year as a lead STEM teacher at Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. As the founding teacher of the computer science program, Mr. Schenk has overseen growth in computer science from 30 students in 2016 to over 120 students in 2021-2022. He has developed an innovative 3-year computer science sequence that now includes two AP-level computer science courses.
In addition to his role as a STEM teacher, Mr. Schenk serves as the Student Council Advisor and sponsor of the half-marathon training group "Students on the Go!" He also sponsors the Cybersecurity Team, which competed for the first time in 2019-2020. In 2020-2021, Collegiate had three top-scoring cybersecurity teams, including the 1st place and 2nd place teams overall in the nationwide PoewrUp Games presented by CyberUp. In February 2018, Mr. Schenk's coding students competed in the STEM Student Forum Hack-a-thon sponsored by World Wide Technology. Their web application, addressing educational equity in St. Louis, won 1st place from among 20 of the region's top schools, and brought home a $10,000 prize. The student hack-a-thon representing Collegiate won a second time in March 2021, designing a program to build community in a virtual environment.
Most recently, Mr. Schenk served on the College Board's Instructional Design Team as a content expert, contributing strategies for the AP Computer Science Principles course framework that were published by the College Board for AP teachers across the country. In Fall 2019, Mr. Schenk was invited to attend the AP Computer Science Summit hosted at Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California. He is currently writing an AP Computer Science Principles textbook for National Geographic Learning that will be published in Spring 2022.
In his free time, Mr. Schenk enjoys being active, and loves to run, bike, and travel. Mr. Schenk received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics from Saint Louis University and his Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Lindenwood University.
Current Courses 2021-2022
- Coding 1
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP Computer Science A
- Algebra 1
- ACT Prep
- College Algebra
- Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)