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Frazier O'Leary
Ward 4 State Board of Education Representative



Since Frazier began teaching in 1970, he has been dedicated to making a difference in his students' lives by challenging them to fulfill the line from Robert Browning's Andrea Del Sorto: "A man's reach should
exceed his grasp". This charge motivates Frazier to aspire to join the Board of Education and
become a voice for all of the students in Ward 4. During his years as a classroom English teacher at
Garnet-Patterson Junior High School, Cardozo High School(Education Campus), and the University of the
District of Columbia, he has constantly infused his classroom with his passion for reading and writing and
his desire to push his students towards the achievement of their goals. If that meant classes before
school started, then that happened. If that meant classes for three hours on Saturdays for students to
improve their critical reading and writing skills, then that happened.



One of the life-changing experiences in Frazier's life as an educator happened in the second semester of 2000 when Lee Alderman was placed in his AP Language class. Lee was the first Autistic child that he had ever had in the classroom and his contributions cemented O'Leary's career-long determination to live up to the concept of leaving no child behind. With the support of the Cardozo family and his classmates, Lee graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 2001 and went on to earn a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Chemistry from St. Mary's College and George Mason University respectively.




As a coach and a teacher, he has always felt that there was no obstacle that couldn't be overcome. The only thing standing in the way was someone else's limitations. In his classroom, there has always been the word CAN'T with a diagonal line through it. In his classroom, can't is not an option. There are no limits to what a student can do if given the right incentive for success.




Frazier spent forty-seven years dedicated to only one thing: his students's success. This dedication to student success is the only reason why he wants to be your voice on the Board of Education. His background as a dynamic teacher, coach, and leader will allow him to advocate for every student at every level in our ward.


  • Teacher of the Year - Cardozo Education Campus                         2016

  • Cardozo All-Met Hall of Fame   - CEC                                              2016

  • DC Coaches Hall of Fame                                                                    2007​

  • Cafritz Fellow     -  Indiana University of Pennsylvania              1989-91

  • Coach of The Year    -   Urban Coalition                                           1985

  • Teacher of the Year-Garnet-Patterson Junior High School           1976

  • Cafritz Fellow    -   St. John's College Graduate Institute             1971-73​​


  • Vice President      - The School Club                                                 2016-18​​

  • Chair for Pre-AP Literature- DCPS                                                   2016-17

  • Board Member     - The Toni Morrison Society                                 2017

  • Board Member     -  Many Stars Child Care Center                          2017

  • President               - PEN/Faulkner Foundation                               2011-14

  • Table Leader         -  AP Literature Reading                                        2012

  • Department Chair-English    Cardozo High School                        2005-07

  • Consultant for NMSI - AP Literature Student sessions                   2008

  • Consultant for AP Literature Institutes - The College Board         2001

  • Athletic Director  - Cardozo High School                                        1986-89

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Paid For By Frazier O’Leary For Ward 4 * Treasurer Frazier O’Leary IV* 1318 Farragut St. NW Washington DC 20011

A copy of our report is filed with the Director of Campaign Finance of the District of Columbia Board of Elections.