NCHS Class of 1979

Trinity Global UN Ambassador Dr. Angela J. Nealy, B.S, M.S, Ph.D is a 1979 graduate of North Central High School, and through the years has enjoyed a tremendous career as an educator, athlete, coach, and community servant. 

The 1970s were an interesting time in society and growing up during this era had a huge impact on Dr. Nealy and her classmates. They all shared a passion for education and vowed to attend college and make a living and life that was beyond their wildest imagination.  Dr. Nealy says this about her North Central experience, “North Central provided the opportunity to be exposed to a really good education.”

She also shares that Junior Spectacular was one of her favorite memories with an All Black Spec Act – with the exception of Hugh Fink (NCHS Class of 1979 Alum and SNL Writer).  

While at North Central, Dr. Nealy participated in orchestra, marching band, and volleyball as well as taking a rigorous honors course load.  Looking back, she is very proud of the well-rounded education she received that helped to prepare her for the next level beyond North Central High School. 


After her time at North Central High School, Dr. Nealy headed to Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where she earned a Bachelors of Science in chemistry from Fisk University and minored in Chemical Engineering at Vanderbilt University.  She was then awarded a Lilly Teacher as Decision Maker Fellowship and attended Indiana University where she completed her Masters of Science in Science Education.

After college, Dr. Nealy served as a high school teacher at Ben Davis where she touched thousands of students as both a teacher and coach.

Throughout her vast career, Dr. Nealy has accomplished many profound achievements. She was selected by Former National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison, M.D. to serve as a Co-Investigator for a five-year grant from NASA under the umbrella of the Summer of Innovation.  This STEM-focused program was hosted by the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2011-2015. During that time Dr. Nealy and her colleagues worked to communicate, cooperate, and realize academic outcomes. Over the past 27 years, Dr. Nealy has continued to advise Dr. Jemison on science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum.

As a retired educator and researcher, Dr. Nealy believes all people, young and senior, can and will continue a life of learning. Since retiring, she has shifted her focus a bit while still continuing her love of education, both designing a Chemistry and Microbiology curriculum for the former MedTech College Nursing Program in Indiana and starting a C corporation as a seasonal Plant Artist under the nameThe Plant Whisperers, Inc. 

Additionally, over the past five years, Dr. Nealy has collaborated with the previous Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Dr. Kathleen F. Lee, Ed.D., and created a Vertical Articulation agreement with Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Fisk University in Tennessee with an award totaling $3 billion over a 30-year period in tuition expenses. 

In 2023, Dr. Nealy won the 44th President Obama Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Joseph R. Biden Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for education, entrepreneurship, and volunteer service to the country over forty-five years. 

Currently, Dr. Nealy serves as a Program Administrator for FedEx where she is using her expertise to increase revenue at the Indianapolis National FedEx Hub. 

We are incredibly proud of all your accomplishments, Dr. Nealy! To learn more about Dr. Nealy, check out her LinkedIN.


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