Fremont’s new science teacher finds good chemistry at school

Alex Toledo is the new chemistry teacher at Fremont High School in Oakland, Calif.

Damont Williams

Alex Toledo is the new chemistry teacher at Fremont High School in Oakland, Calif.

At Fremont High School there have been many changes this year, including 16 new teachers on a staff of about 45.

One of those new teachers is Alex Toledo.

Toledo, a chemistry teacher, had never been a teacher before arriving at Fremont High School.
Even though this her first time being a full-time high school teacher, she does have experience in this field. She was an assistant teacher at the start of her career last school year at Coliseum College Preparatory Academy (CCPA).

Toledo said Fremont is different from CCPA due to the quantity of students in one class at a time.

“The class sizes were smaller (at CCPA), and I only taught two periods,” Toledo said.

In fact, she said that this is probably her most challenging obstacle when teaching in a Fremont classroom because at Fremont she has about 35 students in each class.
Toledo explained her reasoning for becoming a teacher.

“Considering the importance of education,” she said. “I just want to help others gain their
education.”

Toledo also offered her opinion on the importance of her profession.

“Teachers are extremely important to our society,” she said.

Yet when she was a child, Toledo actually didn’t plan on becoming a teacher.

“I really wanted to be a scientist when I was a kid,” she said.
When asked how long she will be a teacher, she responded, “For as long as I can.”

Toledo attended Mills College, a private all-women’s college right here in Oakland. Mills, she said, has “smaller classes, so (students get) more attention from teachers.”

“Even though it’s expensive,” said Toledo, “you receive the education that you deserve.”

Toledo shared an interesting fact about herself outside of education and teaching.

“I have gone snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, which is actually the setting of the movie Finding Nemo,” she said.