My name is Dupé Aleru, pronounced Doo-PAY A-luh-ROO.
For the past decade, I have combined my passions for education and self-improvement towards a life dedicated to being an education entrepreneur, speaker, content creator, and author.
I live in sunny Long Beach, California, and I love it! Living six blocks from the beach is amazing, not to mention being surrounded by phenomenal food and chill vibes.
I started my career back in 2006 as a classroom teacher, with only an unshakable suspicion that life had more for me in store. But I never could have imagined how much!
I’ve always had a passion for teaching and the learning process, so when I graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2003 with a degree in sociology, I went back to school to receive my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
At the age of 25, I thought, “I MADE IT!” I snagged a job as a second grade elementary school teacher, and I couldn’t have been happier.
Yet life sometimes has other plans for us, and my exuberance would soon turn to despair. I was laid off after my first year teaching due to budget cuts, only to be brought back the next academic school year. Then I was laid off after my second year teaching, and brought back a third year. Plus, during this time, I had to invest much of my emotional and physical energy to caring for myself, due to a medical condition that almost took my life. Still I was determined to continue my teaching, but I was again laid off TWO MORE TIMES until finally, in 2010, I made one of the toughest decisions of my life—I decided to leave classroom teaching altogether.
By this time I had added a new degree and Credential: a Master of Science in Educational Counseling, and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. I had invested so much time and energy into teaching; however, I knew that I had to find a different way to make an impact within the educational field.
While I began taking a serious look at my future, and what I wanted for myself, I accepted a job working for The Beverly Hills Courier as its Director of Education Services—a fancy term for education reporter. I threw myself into the work, building the education section from the ground up before being laid off AGAIN due to major staff cuts at The Courier.
Yes, that’s FIVE LAYOFFS within a five-year period! Enough to make most people throw in the towel; and I admit, the thought did cross my mind. But instead of quitting, I took it as a sign from God—it was time for me start my own company.
TUTORS FOR TOTS, TWEENS & TEENS LLC WAS BORN!
I hustled to build my tutoring business, which later grew into an education company. Over the last several years, I have stepped fully into my life’s purpose—educating audiences of all ages on a MASS SCALE! This is where I was meant to be, and though I had to overcome many setbacks, it was all a SET UP to get me to where I am now.
Today, I spend most of my time creating curriculums for school districts and city programs. I also speak at K-12 schools, colleges, and other events. Plus, I have amazing fans that give me the opportunity to deliver daily inspirational content, focused on business and personal development, on my social media platforms.
Life is phenomenal, and I’m just getting started. I hope my story has inspired you to go after your dreams, and to never give up, even when the odds are stacked against you.