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Alex graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology and earned his Master’s of Science in Recreational Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. He earned a Master’s degree in clinical Social Work at the University of Connecticut. In addition, he also trained and has certifications as a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention trainer, a Wilderness First-Responder, Leave No Trace Educator (Outdoor Ethics), High and Low Ropes Course Manager and is pursuing his certification as an AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) certified guide.
Prior to working at Grove School, Alex interned at Weaver High School in Hartford, CT as a counselor and mentor for adjudicated teenagers in a Special Education classroom. He spent three years working at Hillside Children’s Center’s emergency placement unit in upstate New York as a Youth Family Development Specialist serving sexually and physically abused children. He also spent two years working as an Assistant Manager at a group home in Buffalo, NY for dually diagnosed adolescents with severe behavioral and emotional issues.
In June 2005 Alex began working at Grove School as a Teacher/Counselor. In September 2007 Alex joined the administrative team as a Student Advisor, Dorm Administrator, and Activities Coordinator. Most recently, Alex joined the Executive Team after being promoted to Assistant Director in 2012 and is currently looking forward to spending the years to come with his Grove family.
During the course of his high school career, Alex struggled to find a school that could provide him with a successful and meaningful experience. This was until his family found Grove School at the beginning of his sophomore year. Working at Grove provides Alex with the opportunity to give back to the school that gave him a second chance and helped him to enjoy the success he experiences today. Alex embraces Grove’s philosophy of using relationships as the ‘change agent’ in helping adolescents and families to find health and happiness. Alex is a firm believer that there are two essential ingredients to positive outcomes when working with struggling adolescents: a dedicated family and excellent treatment.
Alex is originally from Rochester, New York. Since moving to Connecticut, Alex has found that he is truly a New Englander at heart and enjoys calling the Shoreline home. When he is not at work he enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing, alpine skiing and cross-country skiing, road biking, cooking, travelling and most importantly, spending time with his wife, Rachel and black lab, Taco.< Back