Alex Derencz has been telling tales as an expert journalist for greater than 5 years, and now he’s able to share tales about Hoover Metropolis Colleges with the remainder of the world.
Derencz, 28, is the brand new public relations coordinator for Hoover Metropolis Colleges, changing Jason Gaston, who moved to the identical function for Trussville Metropolis Colleges in January.
Derencz mentioned he extremely loved engaged on training tales as a journalist, particularly after COVID-19 hit and shut down in-person instruction throughout the state. When that occurred, educators have been compelled to reinvent how they do their jobs in about 48 hours.
Derencz, labored as a multimedia journalist for ABC 33/40 for the previous three years and mentioned he has been in awe of how educators have continued to persevere by way of the pandemic and rise to the problem.
“It’s been nothing in need of superb,” he mentioned.
Derencz reported on faculty districts through-out the metro space and past, and mentioned a few of them don’t have a public relations coordinator just like the Hoover faculty system does. He discovered himself taking part in a essential function relaying info to oldsters and others about what was taking place with colleges.
He wouldn’t commerce his experiences as a journalist the previous six years for something, however determined the training world can be a greater place for him. Numerous the day-to-day abilities he has translate effectively into public relations for training.
He utilized for the Hoover job as a result of the Hoover faculty system has a repute for being one of many high faculty districts within the state, and he has not been upset since beginning the function in January, saying everybody within the faculty system has made him really feel very welcome.
“The individuals are what makes Hoover Metropolis Colleges what it’s,” he mentioned. “The individuals on this faculty district are simply unbelievable. I’m simply blessed to have the chance to proceed the legacy created by Jason Gaston. There are simply so many nice issues taking place with our colleges each day. To have the ability to share that, there’s nothing higher.”
He additionally likes the concept of not simply sharing what is going on inside Hoover Metropolis Colleges however what graduates from Hoover colleges accomplish as they transfer into the world and assist remedy the issues of tomorrow, he mentioned.
Tera Simmons, the interim superintendent for the college system, mentioned Derencz’s expertise as a multimedia journalist — doing tales each on digicam and in writing — made him match to interchange Gaston. “He’s are available in right here with a number of enthusiasm and concepts on methods we are able to enhance our communication,” Simmons mentioned. “We’re simply delighted to have him as part of the group, and we’re at all times on the lookout for methods to enhance our communication with our stakeholders.”
Derencz mentioned he has at all times had a ardour for training and by no means missed a day of college from second grade by way of highschool. He additionally developed a love for lecturers after so many lecturers appeared out for him after he misplaced his mom to a number of sclerosis in 2008.
Derencz is from the Baltimore space however attended Auburn College, the place he majored in broadcast journalism and minored in Spanish and graduated in 2015.
By that point, he already had the chance to shadow TV journalists for WBAL-TV 11 in Baltimore for 3 summers and do an internship for WPMT-Fox 43 in York, Pennsylvania. At commencement, he already had a job lined up with WRBL in Columbus, Georgia. Inside a yr of working there, he was named the station’s east Alabama reporter, protecting about six counties in and round Auburn and Opelika.
He stayed with WRBL for about 21/2 years earlier than being employed by ABC 33/40 in Hoover in December 2017.
When he’s not working, Derencz, who lives in Homewood, enjoys spending time together with his spouse, Carly, and is a passionate fan of the Baltimore Orioles and an avid golfer.