Devon and Cornwall

Alison Alexander

Alison Alexander
Teacher Network Co-ordinator in Devon and Cornwall
The Old School
Staverton
Totnes
Devon TQ9 6PD
Email: alisonalexander@aol.com

 

Current position
Retired Head of Science at King Edward VI Community College, Totnes.

Career
I started teaching in London but have made my way gradually South West and led an active and successful department in a large rural comprehensive school. I have also worked with Devon Advisory Service and Edexcel. I have written a book on kitchen science for young children and I now aim to research and write about physics and techno materials.

Links with other agencies
I have been a member of ASE throughout my career and am now Chair of the South West region.

Personal interests
Physics and communicating the excitement of physics ideas in a relevant way is a passion which crosses from work to home life. I enjoy taking a "science dabble" to WIs and I have recently acquired a telescope and am spending evenings with frozen fingers looking for comets and binary stars. I also enjoy sewing and dress design, reading, music and the cinema. Walking the dog keeps me healthy.

Aim/Mission
My main aim is to facilitate communication between physicists in the South West. Also, I hope to be able to bring physics lectures to the region, setting up links between schools, industry and Higher Education. A most pressing need is to offer practical ideas and support to those non-physicists who find themselves teaching physics.