Ever since Felix Alvarado, Jr. graduated from the University of Michigan School of Education in 1986, he has endeavored to make a difference in the lives of his students and in the world of education in general. Known by his students as "Mr. A" or "don Felix", he has proudly worn the label of his Alma Mater's publication, "The Innovator", in the classroom, with curriculum development and with educational programs and initiatives.
In 2007, Mr. A and his wife, Judee - Mrs. A, founded Straight "A" Academy as a tutoring center. Since that time, they started a volunteer student tutoring program to work with underserved youth, launched a cutting-edge individualized private school, received a commendation from the Mayor of Manchester and developed the most successful test prep training program in the country. Mr. A has become "America's Favorite Test Prep Teacher"!
Where did the name Straight "A" come from? Well, there are a couple of factors. 1) Mr. "A"s surname - Alvarado - both begins with an A and has three consecutive vowels that are a's. Most non-Spanish speakers over the years have misspelled his last name as either "Alverado" or "Alvardo". To clarify, he would tell them, "straight A's." 2) The other factor is that Mr. "A"s older brother, his younger sister and he, all three earned straight A's in high school, and were all three Valedictorians of their respective graduating classes. Their parents were, needless to say, very proud of the accomplishment, especially given the fact that their mom only finished high school and their dad, Felix Alvarado, Sr., only finished 3rd grade in Mexico.
When papa Alvarado emigrated to the U.S. at age 21, he didn't speak a word of English, but he was a quick study. Ask the Alvarado children and they'll tell you how smart their parents were, even though they didn't earn a college degree. And obviously, their parents placed a high value on education. The rule in the Alvarado house was, "School First, Music Second, and Sports Third." Some of mama Alvarado's most prized photos were of her children dressed in their sports uniforms, practicing their musical instruments before their games or they weren't allowed to play!