BBIS Alumni; Alex Koenig at Harvard; Michaela Jung; Technology
I always find it fascinating to catch up with BBIS students after they have graduated. To see how they developed their talents and hear about what they are doing today is really inspiring. This summer, I had the chance to catch up with Alexander Koenig, who currently works as Data Analyst for Schools in the Boston area. I spoke to him about his time after school and his interest in the field of Ed-Tech.
Alex what have you been up to after leaving BBIS in 2009?
After leaving BBIS we went to Italy where I finished 12th grade. By the time I was already interested in data. I am a huge sports fan and my dream was to get into data analysis for sports clubs and performances. I enrolled in Social Studies at Harvard and during my course work I found it very interesting to see how people act and think, and why. By the way, it could have easily been a subject taught in the Middle Years Programme. It reminded me a lot of BBIS.
What happened after university?
My thesis was about the Columbine School shootings. I spent the summer in Colorado interviewing officials about the aftermath which, kind off, set a precedent for other schools and how we handle school shootings. I was intrigued to learn how schools are interacting with communities and the environment around them. I grew up in international schools where kids don’t necessarily live in the same neighborhood. Here it is different, and to find out what the system in US community schools is like, I signed up for ‘Scholarship America’. I taught in Boston, shadowed teachers and helped out where it was needed. I started to think how life can be made easier for teachers using data and analytical tools.
You are now working in the field of Ed-Tech; can you tell us how you got into it?
After the Scholarship America, I joined the start-up ‘Gradeable’ which provides apps that correct students’ tests automatically. The aim was to use technology to make life easier for teachers. After that experience, I decided to work directly with schools and am now an in-house data manager and analyst at Brooke Charters Schools in the Boston area. Trusting in numbers can be very beneficial. There is a lot that goes on in schools that is worth analyzing; students’ performances, reports, grading, address management and so on. Numbers and data can be used to formulate best practice policies. Ed Tech is a pretty new field for education - that’s what makes it so exciting.