Dr. Tzanova: Connecting students with science

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Kingswood Oxford is excited to welcome Upper School science teacher Alexa Tzanova onto campus this year. Dr. Tzanova has a wealth of experience and education within the scientific field, having received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Geology and Climate Science from Brown University. She has spent 10 years teaching at the collegiate level at Brown University and Central Connecticut State University. 

Dr. Tzanova will bring her vast knowledge and enthusiasm for science to KO this year while teaching Environmental Science and chemistry and assistant coaching the JV girls soccer team. She chose to teach at KO because of the opportunity to connect with students on a deeper level. “What drew me to KO is that sense of community and being part of a place where people see all of the contributions that you make and then all of the contributions you make help everyone else,” she said.

Dr. Tzanova is passionate about helping her students forge connections between what they learn in science and how it applies to their own lives. “One thing that I would love for my students to get at the end of this would be an understanding of feeling like they are part of the world,” Dr. Tzanova said. “I want them to realize how their behaviors and their wants and needs are similar to what every other living being desires.” For example, she shared that, like humans, plants can survive but not thrive in stressful conditions, similar to how humans suffer under constant stress. These real-world examples drive Dr. Tzanova’s teaching style and philosophy.

When she is not teaching, you can find Dr. Tzanova spending time outdoors, as she loves to hike and garden. Dr. Tzanova is also involved with Connecticut Land Trusts, which conserves land for wildlife and helps combat increased urbanization and climate change. She hopes to connect her students in Environmental Science with these efforts and intertwine community involvement with the class curriculum. 

Dr. Tzanova has enjoyed hitting her stride during her first weeks at KO, and her favorite part of thus far has been working with students who are eager to learn and willing to take academic risks. We are excited to see the contributions that Dr. Tzanova and her students will make to the KO community!