As the first and only Asian Miss America in the pageant's 91-year history, Angela Baraquio Grey, Miss Hawaii 2000/Miss America 2001, championed the cause of Character Education.
Angela's background is in Elementary Education, and she holds a Master's degree in Educational Administration. She is the founder of the Angela Perez Baraquio Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is a credentialed teacher in both Hawaii and California. Angela has been an elementary classroom teacher in Catholic schools for five years, and is a staunch supporter of Catholic Education. From 2006-2008 she served as one of 25 high profile Presidential appointees to President George W. Bush's President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
Angela currently resides in Southern California with her husband, Tinifuloa, and her three sons, Isaiah, Micah, and Jonah. She is expecting her fourth child and first baby girl on Dec. 27, 2012. The couple owns a Polynesian entertainment company together and celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in June 2012. Angela continues to speak professionally at local and national events, and has been asked to do a documentary on her life story.
Angela is a co-host on the Telly award-winning Hawaii-based TV show, "Living Local with the Baraquios".
• First teacher to win Miss America, first (and only) Asian Miss America, first to win with Hula as a talent
• 2nd Miss Hawaii to win Miss America, after 3 years of competing at the state level
• Winner of over $100,000 in scholarship assistance from the Miss America Organization, the largest scholarship provider for young women in the world
• 8th born of ten children
• Parents are both immigrant teachers-turned-business-owners from the Philippines, who moved to Hawaii in 1970 in search of a better life
• Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from UH Manoa, emphasis in Speech
• Master's Degree in Educational Administration from UH Manoa
• Credentialed teacher in Hawaii and California
• Taught as a K-3 PE teacher/Athletic Director, and sports coach at Holy Family Catholic Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii
• First grade teacher at St. Anthony Claret School
• 3rd grade teacher at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic school in Newport Beach
• Visited hundreds of schools in over 40 states on a national speaking tour entitled, "Character in the Classroom: Teaching Values, Valuing Teachers"
• Motivational speaker, Commencement speaker inspiring youth and people of all ages to follow their dreams: "Dare, Dream, Do!
• TV Host/Producer/Interviewer for "Living Local with the Baraquios" with sisters
• Married to high school sweetheart Tinifuloa Grey for over 10 years • Mother of 3 boys and 1 girl