Phone: 610-205-3700 (ask for Fred, that’s not my name but it should keep the front office on their feet)
Hello! My name is David Alexander and I am a special education teacher at Candlebrook Elementary. This is my fifth year as an Upper Merion Viking, and I am honored to be a part of your child’s life. Prior to teaching at Candlebrook Elementary, I taught for the Abington Area School District and The School District of Philadelphia. My certification is in Elementary Education (PreK-4), with the 5th&6th grade certification add-on as well as Special Education grades PreK-8. I received my Bachelor’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Early Childhood Education at Temple University and my Master's Degree in Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Differentiated Instruction from LaSalle University. Prior to teaching, I served in the United States Marine Corps.
Whilst you might find me in room 153 located next to the main entrance on the way to the library (I’ve always wanted to use “whilst” in a sentence.. sounds fancy!), I have also been known to poke my head into other rooms throughout the day to spread the word about my world champion Dallas Cowboys. So many lessons can be taught while discussing the Dallas Cowboys such as: how to cope with feelings of jealousy as well as quantity discrimination (for instance, five Super Bowl victories is more than one Super Bowl victory).
In addition to myself, I am fortunate enough to work with a team of the best paraprofessionals in the district; Mrs. Kathy, Mrs. Chen, Ms. Bucha, and Ms. K, and Ms. Jones who keep me in line help ensure that your child’s needs are being met academically and emotionally.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions! I promise, I shower daily and, as the district administration has reminded me on numerous occasions, biting is "frowned upon" for staff.
Due to my nomadic tendencies, the best way to reach me is by calling the main office at 610-205-3700 or via email at DAlexander@UMASD.org. Previous methods included an intricate web of strings and cups (the fire department did not appreciate such efforts.. something about a kid-catching fire-hazard), a town crier (discontinued by popular demand), and owls (they were a hoot, but unsustainable).