# Author: Angelique Alexander

Angelique has had two passions both of which she has been lucky enough to study and work in professionally. The first is teaching mathematics, the second is Opera.
Angelique pursued a Bachelor of Music at SUNY Purchase Conservatory as a classical Mezzo-soprano. She then went on to study speech pathology and audiology. During her continued studies she taught music lessons on the side and this is where she discovered her passion for teaching.
Angelique went on to pursue a rigorous hands-on Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education at the Relay Graduate School of Education while teaching full time at Midwood High School (Brooklyn, NY). Angelique taught Algebra 1 there for 4 years and tutored all levels of mathematics in school from Algebra 1 - Calculus. She also taught Algebra 1 and Statistics last school year at KIPP King collegiate (San Lorenzo, CA) and has moved on to teach Geometry and Algebra 1 at Dewey Academy (Oakland, CA).
As a teacher, Angelique's strength is her ability to connect with her students and her abilities to break down difficult material with multiple representations. She considers herself extremely lucky to do what she loves every day, working with kids.
"I like to tell my students, follow your passion and it will lead you to the right path.
I went to school for opera and now I'm a math teacher.
There are many people that don't know their paths in life so I consider myself lucky.
I know teaching math was the right career choice for me because there have been many instances where I've been moody or upset and by the end of the day I can't muster those emotions because my students give me so much happiness."

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