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