Michelle Alexander

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Michelle Alexander - COVID19 Memorial
Michelle Alexander, Paraprofessional from UFT
* Paraprofessional
* PS 194 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

Her students loved her and looked forward each day to her bright and bubbly personality, which lit up the classroom.

Michelle Alexander was only 29 years old and five years into her career as a paraprofessional at PS 194 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, when she died on April 5.

“She had a heart of gold,” said 5th-grade teacher Katherine Malara, who shared a classroom with Michelle.

Malara described how nurturing and comforting Michelle was to the student she worked one-on-one with after the boy lost his father. She was in touch with the boy’s family and bought him pajamas for the school’s pajama celebration, Malara said.

“She connected with students, and students she worked with her first years here still ran up and hugged her,” Malara said.

PS 194 Chapter Leader Jennifer Hanna said Michelle always made an extra effort by celebrating her students’ small and big accomplishments.

“She was an amazing, sweet and loving person,” said Hanna.

Michelle arrived at school each morning with a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee, ready to begin the day, Hanna remembers.

Michelle loved shopping, getting her nails done and spending time with friends and family, especially her mother, who was her best friend.

Michelle is survived by her parents Donna and Kevin; her siblings Michael, Christina and Nicole; and a niece and nephew.

Condolences can be sent to

Donna Reilly
2176 East 74th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11234