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Alexander to be recognized as an NHS Distinguished Alumnus
Posted 5/12/22

Dr. Angela Alexander will be recognized as a Newton High School Distinguished Alumnus during the NHS Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2022. Watch Ceremony Live


Angela AlexanderDr. Angela Loucks Alexander, ‘99 did not let an auditory disorder get in the way of her success. In fact, this difficulty would later influence her career and make her an expert in the field. As a senior at NHS, Alexander knew she wanted to go to the University of Kansas and major in speech pathology and audiology. She followed that goal all the way through the doctoral program at KU, graduating with a Doctor of Audiology degree after earning a BA in Speech- Language– Hearing. Along the way, she was introduced to Auditory Processing Disorder and quickly saw herself in this disorder. Alexander could identify with those struggling and this became the focus for her career. Through therapy she overcame the barrier and now has helped many others in the same way.

After graduating, Dr. Alexander and her husband moved to New Zealand where she worked as a clinical audiologist and opened her own clinic in Taupo. She expanded her focus on Auditory Processing Disorder by creating her own business providing education, clinical services, and support beyond her clinic. Dr. Alexander has become well-known in her field and is sought after to speak at conferences and to share her expertise on podcasts and online educational forums.

During the pandemic, Dr. Alexander and her family moved to Queensland, Australia, where she continues her business and is presently the owner and chief audiologist for API: Auditory Processing Institute. She trains other professionals to diagnose and treat APD through classes she teaches and also provides support through online learning modules to improve auditory skills. Dr. Alexander was chosen last year to give a TEDx talk on the subject of Auditory Processing Disorder. Her TEDx Tauranga went online in mid September 2021 and had the highest viewership of any presenter in that month.

The USD 373 Education Endowment accepts nominations each year for the NHS Distinguished Alumni Award. This award recognizes outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves in a significant way since graduating from Newton High School. These individuals serve as an inspiration for our current NHS students, as they strive to create their own personal and professional roles in our community, state, nation and world.