Alex Temena

Guest Blogger

Director of Education Design, Project Wayfinder

Oakland, California

Alexx Temeña is the director of education design at Project Wayfinder. Alexx graduated from Brown University with degrees in cognitive neuroscience and contemplative psychology. Blending curriculum design, performing arts, neuroscience, and mindfulness, Alexx’s work explores the question of how young people can create meaningful and fulfilled lives both individually and in community with others.

For the past seven years, Alexx has taught and designed leadership curriculum for students at United World College: International School of Asia, Karuizawa. She has worked with more than a dozen schools in various capacities, from speaker and retreat facilitator to admissions representative and dormitory parent at a boarding school. She has also facilitated workshops for students in UC Berkeley’s Pre-College Internship TRiO program, teachers and school professionals at the Brain Conference hosted by New York State Independent School Association, and medical students and professionals in Japan through Team Medics.

Outside of her work in schools, Alexx hosts daylong experiences for her community, particularly for women and young people to color to explore themes of identity, connect to their sense of purpose, and cultivate practices of wellbeing.

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Posted Feb. 14, 2020

Want Your Students to Thrive? Put These 6 Design Principles to Work in the Classroom

Every gathering is an opportunity for transformation. But when gatherings are intentionally designed to deepen belonging, powerful growth is possible.…

By Alex Temeña

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

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