LTC Alumnus Returns As Social Science Instructor

Portrait of Austin Alexander
May 22, 2023

A Lincoln Trail College alumnus is returning to his alma mater to serve as a Social Science Instructor. Austin Alexander received an Associate in Science Degree in 2010 and an Associate of Science and Arts Degree in 2011. 
“I am excited that my career path is going full circle,” said Alexander. “I started my college path at Lincoln Trail College and now I have the opportunity to give back to the school community where my path started.”
While at LTC, Alexander was involved in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and served as its president from 2009-2010. He won the Outstanding Economics Student Award in 2009 and the Outstanding History Student Award in 2010. 
After graduating from LTC, Alexander earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a Teacher Certification and a Minor in Spanish from Eastern Illinois University in 2013. He earned his Master of Arts in History from EIU in 2020.
Alexander brings a wealth of experience to LTC, having previously taught an array of subjects, including World History, Modern World History, Civics, World Geography, and World Contemporary Issues at Lawrenceville High School. Over the years, he has taken on additional responsibilities, serving as the Freshman Class Sponsor for a decade, the Interact Club Sponsor for seven years, and the Varsity Scholastic Bowl Coach for two years.
He says he’s really enjoyed helping with extra-curriculars. “Scholastic Bowl has always been my passion. I have participated in it since I was in junior high and to coach it now has been a dream come true. I really enjoy working with my Interact students. We have done various activities to help our local community. We have helped the local Rotary Club sell Christmas trees which the proceeds of went to the scholarship fund, we have worked for the local Fish and Loaves and led food collection drives for them, several various drives for troops stationed overseas, each year we host a Trivia Night and donate the funds raised to local groups like the Parkside Elementary Night Owls groups which was an after school tutoring group and Lawrenceville’s Christmas at the Park committee which is bringing a skating rink to the park in December.”
Lawrenceville High School has not only served as his place of employment for the last ten years but also as the place where he met his wife, who teaches science there. “We actually got married in the auditorium.” They have three children, Sophie, Henry, and Archie. 
Alexander received a full-ride scholarship to LTC for playing the tuba in the concert and pep bands. He jokes that like most history teachers, he knows every line of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”
Outside of work, Alexander is involved in many community groups and has held a number of leadership roles. He’s an avid St. Louis sports fan and he boasts a large necktie collection. “I currently own over 80 and counting!”