Alexa Warden - GWCS Director. SUBJECTS - Physical Fitness and biological Psychology
Ms. Warden was born into an educational community: her parents were teachers and administrators at the McLaren School in upstate New York, where one of her passions was early evident (her first word was "Doggie"). She grew up in northern Virginia and attended George Mason University for both her undergraduate and graduate studies.
Alexa's career in education took her from a position as assistant teacher to that of lead teacher in a private special education school and thereafter in private schools. Her background in special education lead to her being chosen by a prominent NGO (non-governmental organization) to work in children's homes throughout Bosnia Herzegovina in a program developed to address children's issues after the war and foster mutual understanding between Muslims, Serbs and Croats. Intermittently for more than two years she worked in this area (where walking is more than just a grim metaphor).
Upon her return from Bosnia, with the backing a several concerned parents, and together with Rick Goldie, Alexa founded GW Community School in 1999, where she serves as Director and teaches as well. She was named VFW Teacher of the Year for Virginia in 2002. Besides teaching and leading students in educational travel all over the world (Costa Rica, Spain, Africa, Iceland, England, Italy, the Grand Canyon), Alexa enjoys oil painting, kayaking and working out with her personal fitness students.
Personal Fitness class meets every morning at Audrey Moore RECenter. Students set and meet fitness goals addressing cardiovascular health, weight training and sports-based recreation.
(Not offered every year)
Where do we draw the line between a psychological disorder and neurological disorder, an emotion and a physiological response, a true love connection and a hormone interfering with our better judgment? The more we learn about the brain, which we are currently doing at breakneck speed, the more we understand the physiological nature of what were once thought to be purely psychological issues, the unthinking role of our emotional brain, and the driving forces of our DNA.
In this class you will embark on an exciting journey. We will be researching and learning about the brain in real time with current practitioners. You will gain unique insight into some of the most obscure neurological abnormalities as well as the intricacies of neuro-typical brains.
We will study brain structures and functions, neurological abnormalities, pharmacology, and street drugs and their effects. We will examine the role of stress on the body and mind, the science of physical attraction, and the way that things like sleep, exercise, and everyday substances affect us. This class culminates in brain dissection and employs labs throughout.