Assistant Principal Elba Frazier
I am a city girl all around. I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York with family roots in Puerto Rico. I was the fifth of six children so we had a very busy household. My four sisters, brother and I were always very close and still are. We are spread out a little bit now with my mother and one sister in New York, my brother and other sisters in Florida, and myself here in Minnesota. I first came to Minnesota in 1995 and attended Edina High School. I soon moved back to New York for college and attended Stony Brook University for my undergraduate studies. After getting my master’s in education from Mercy College in New York I decided to move back to Minnesota. My family here in Minnesota consists of my husband, my three children – one attending Morehouse College, a middle schooler, and a first grader. In addition, I am blessed to have wonderful in-laws nearby for support. When I am not at school I spend lots of time volunteering with our family non-profit organization, Circle of Discipline, Inc. which provides youth and young adults with alternative programs and enrichment activities that address their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. When I am not volunteering or working I enjoy spending time with my family – often doing something indoors, we are not exactly the outdoors lovers.
This will be my first year at Open World Learning Community. I have been in education for 15 years. My educational journey started in 2003 when I joined a cohort of the New York City Teaching Fellows. I started my career as a special education teacher in the Bronx at Monroe Academy for Visual Arts and Design servicing students grades 9-12. After two years, I moved to Minneapolis and took a year off from teaching. During that year I worked for ARC Greater Twin Cities as an Advocate for families with student with developmental disabilities. In addition, I was the outreach contact for our Latino families. After that year I went back into education and worked as a special education teacher for Brooklyn Middle School for five years then Park Center Senior High School for three years. I transitioned to St. Paul as an administrative intern for a year and assistant principal for three years at Parkway Montessori and Community Middle School. I am super excited to be part of the Open World school community and look forward to meeting all the students and their families.