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Hello! My name is Molly Frazier and I am a undergraduate student at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. I am pursuing degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education and will graduate in May 2010.

Starting at a young age, I began volunteering at children outreach programs and quickly found my passion for working with youth, especially students with special needs and "at-risk" students. I have had the pleasure of doing my practicum experience at Matoaka Elementary School with a 5th grade class. I have learned lessons from the teacher and the students that will stay with me through my teaching career. I try to have my teaching reflect my own personality as well as the personality of my students. I find it very important for my students to have a sense of individuality as well as community. Within the classroom I have learned the importance of accepting each others backgrounds. At the bottom of the page is a poem I wrote as part of preparation as a teacher that reflects my personal roots. I also have found it to be important to encourage expression and learning through a variety of outlets. Just as each child is different, so is their learning.

Growing up in a rural environment, I became very familiar with the families and students I interacted with through my jobs, especially the families in the schoolage enrichment program I designed and ran and through my practicum experience in a local 5th and 1st grade during my senior year of high school. As part of my high school practicum experience, I spent 9 weeks with each grade for 1.5 hours daily. My duties included observation, grading, working one-on-one with students, particularly with reading, and planning and teaching a few lessons. While at William and Mary, I worked with a very different set of families. Matoaka Elementary School serves approximately 650 K-5th grade students. The school was opened in September of 2007 and has met AYP every school year. The school is also the focus of district initiatives, including School Health Initiative Program (SHIP). During my student teaching, my 5th grade homebase class consisted of 23 students, none of whom met the criteria for IEP's upon entering the class. Of the 23 students, 17 were Caucasian, 4 were African American, and 2 were of Asian backgrounds. I also had the opportunity to teach a second math class during my student teaching. This class consisted of 21 students, 3 of whom had IEP's for Slight Learning Disabilities. This class included 2 students of Hispanic backgrounds, 2 of African American backgrounds, and 17 of Caucasian backgrounds. The main difference between these two schools was parent involvement. At the elementary school in my hometown, I saw minimal-average parent involvement. However, at Matoaka parent's are highly involved and parent emails had to be answered daily. This taught me to be very thorough and explicit with information sent home and taught me to establish a strong, open relationship with parents in both settings.

I have learned that diversity lies in the eyes of the beholder. Any group of individuals can be as unique or diverse as one chooses to see them. In my experience I have learned to see each student as unique and therefore I see every class as extremely diverse due to backgrounds, experiences, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, interests, etc. Though my student teaching didn't provide me with an overtly diverse group of children, especially in respect to special needs, my work experience over specifically over the past two summers as the lead teacher and designer of a summer schoolage enrichment program allowed me to work with children with lower SES and a variety of special needs. Over the two summers some of the special needs children I worked with included children who were classified as Autistic, having Down's Syndrome, ED/BD, OHI/ADHD, LD, and Speech/Language Impairments. For a portion of the summer I also worked with preschool students, which included four children who only spoke Spanish upon entering the program and over time three of the four I saw become fluent English speakers. During the second summer at the daycare, I functioned as the on site director. We had an acting director who was only able to be on-site about 5 hours a week, so I quickly learned how to manage major discipline issues and how to interact with parents to handle basic management issues as well as disciplinary concerns. The experience as a leader at the center allowed me to grow rapidly as a professional and I am now much more confident in my ability to interact with parents and to respond to "emergency" situations with children.
Here is a link to the website I designed for the program- http://mcdcsummerprogram.wikispaces.com/

When not working with kids, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family (I am the eldest of four), being outside, and I have recently taken on attempting to cook. During high school my favorite activity was the National FFA Organization. In this organization I was a strong leader and eventually became Federation President. While in FFA I competed most competitively in parliamentary procedure, poultry, and forestry. My forestry team even competed in the semi-national competition at the Big E (the Eastern States Exposition Fair). Perhaps most importantly, FFA taught me how to be leader. I blossomed as an individual through my journey in FFA and was provided with opportunities I would never have imagined.

Through all my experiences, I have learned the importance of a strong, encouraging support system. I love to learn and am passionate about providing kids every opportunity to be the best they can personally be. In talking to my colleagues at Matoaka, they describe me as confident, professional, as being in touch with the needs of my students and having a strong personal relationship with the children in my classroom. In talking with my cooperating teacher, she said that being personable was my strength. She said this was evident when I immediately got to know the students, their behaviors, and their learning styles and adapted the classroom to meet their needs. I did not expect them to adapt to my styles. Above all else they describe passion as my strongest attribute. I believe the combination of these traits will make me a strong teacher whose potential is still being discovered.

I am from…

I am from Doves and Duncans, Zerkels and Hiners, Hazel and Harriets.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains and the bends of the Shenandoah River,
from the mountain trees and the small, tranquil creek with crayfish and minnows.
I am from deer hunters, apple butter makers, and sentimental junk collectors.
I am from chaos, confusion, noise, and comfort.
From tanning mill operators struggling through the Civil War and a single mother raising more than her own.
I am from dirt roads, apple orchards, and chicken houses, cornfields and the smell of
From “Treat others as you wish to be treated,” “O,my’s,” “Bologna” and “Bull” and
lots of “I love you’s”
I am from intense do-gooders, farmers and plumbers, entrepreneurs and teachers.
From John Deere Tractors, manual Mazda’s, and farm use vehicles.
From white-tailed deer, cardinals, and hummingbirds, starry nights and mountain ridges
silhouetted by vibrant sunsets.
I am from mudpies and elaborate forts, from willows and sycamores, roses and poppies.
From old 8 track records, long conversations, and optimistic faith.

I am my own sweet dance unfolding against a cast of inspirational women in aprons and work clothes and dirty men in overalls.

The purpose of this website is to provide information about my qualifications as a teacher. Using the links in the menu on the left, you can explore pages examining my professional competency in areas such as planning, assessment, and classroom management. Other links provide information about me as a reflective practitioner, effective collaborator, and educational leader. My educational philosophy and resume are also available. The pages contain standards, my personal reflections, and authentic artifacts I have created to demonstrate these skills.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and explore my e-portfolio. Please feel free to contact me at mmfraz@wm.edu with any questions or to request additional information. Have a great day!