Alex Byland is a special educator, currently teaching at Guilford Elementary School in Columbia, Maryland, with more than a decade of teaching and leadership experience up and down the K-12 ladder. During the summers, Alex facilitates Extended School Year summer programs for students with special needs. Mr. Byland earned his Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Anne Arundel County Public Schools granted Alex with the Educator of the Month award in September 2014. He has previously written and presented on student engagement, collaborative learning, classroom management, differentiated instruction, teacher leadership, formative assessments, standards-based instruction, and STEAM-infused project-based learning. In his free time, Alex enjoys going on creative adventures with his two young sons, Max and Cole, and his wife, Tina.