My name is Jack Alexander. I was born in Britain in 1972 and grew up near Manchester. After focusing on sciences at school, I went to York University, where I studied math, taking a wide range of modules in pure and applied math and statistics, and obtained a first-class degree, scoring the second highest mark in my cohort.

Lyme Park, near Manchester

I started a PhD in math (number theory) at Glasgow University, though soon realized that I enjoyed teaching much more than research, and left to do a postgraduate teacher training course at Bolton University, which included writing academic papers.

Glasgow University

My first teaching job was through VSO, a development organization similar to JICA in Japan. I spent two years teaching in a high school in a remote village in Namibia. Returning to Britain, I got a job as a math teacher at Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College. Fate intervened in the form of a Japanese woman, now my wife.

Baobab tree, Namibia
I moved to Tokyo in 2003, retrained as an English teacher, and taught for Shane English Schools for three years. I started work as a scientific editor and proofreader in 2006 and set up Alexander Proofreading in 2019. I can speak Japanese, have passed level 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and have taken an additional course in business Japanese. 

I am an Intermediate Member of Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) and have passed their courses in proofreading (levels 1-3), copyediting (level 1), and proofreading theses and dissertations. I abide by their code of practice.

Copyediting/proofreading is my ideal job, allowing me to do three things I love: improve writing, help people communicate, and use English.

I look forward to serving you.

Nice to meet you!