Education Foundation's Dot Frasier does it for the kids
by Mark Andrews
Mar 27, 2011 | 2166 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For about 50 years, Dot Frasier has, amongst other roles, served the Bartow County School System as an educator and administrator and was responsible for starting the county's spelling bee in 1960.

She began working with the Teacher Grant program since retiring in 1995 and currently serves as the executive director of the Bartow County Education Foundation. The foundation, formed in 2000, helps fund classroom improvements by continuing the Teacher Grant program.

Known around the schools and community as "Miss Dot," Frasier is a fan of women's basketball, country cooking, and overall, improving a child's education.

Occupation: Executive Director of the Bartow County Education Foundation

City of residence: Cartersville, originally from Albertville, Ala.

Age: 75

Q: What brought you into education?

"I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher. I would play school at my home with all of my extended family, my uncles, aunt and grandparents even before I started to school at age 4. I didn't begin in pre-k at age 4 but in the first grade. I lived next door to the first grade teacher and I went to school with her every day.

I lived in a big farm house with my parents and my grandparents, uncles and aunt. I couldn't wait to get home to teach all my family the things that I had learned that day. My granddaddy was a fertilizer salesman and with all his signs and calendars all around his office and storage building I knew my numbers and could read many words before I started to school.

I think I was born to teach. There was never anything else that ever entered my mind about what I would do.

In college my part-time job was refereeing basketball games for the ladies at Fort McClellan, Ala., Army camp.

My first degree was in Health and Physical Education from Jacksonville State University and my first teaching job was at Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Ga. I taught Physical Education and coached basketball. At that time women didn't play high school basketball in Alabama so I came to Georgia to find my first job.

Later on I moved back to Alabama and taught at Saks High School.

In 1958 I moved to Cartersville and started teaching at Kingston Elementary. I taught there for two years and then taught at Cass High and Cloverleaf.

After my children finished high school I went back to college and got masters and specialists degrees and became a principal and assistant principal. I worked at Cloverleaf, Emerson and Pine Log as an administrator.

After retiring from administration I started the Bartow Education Foundation and with this organization we provide Teacher Grants, sponsor the Teacher of the Year Program, sponsor the Retiring Teachers, Employee of the Month and other programs that are needed for our school system.

We have been able to give back to classroom teachers more than a million dollars, all tax-free money, to help teachers to help the kids in the classroom.

We have a lot of community support for the Bartow Education Foundation and our biggest supporters are the employees themselves. They give to this program through the payroll deductions that are offered monthly for the employees."

Q: What educational organizations are you involved with or contribute time to?

"I belong to the Bartow County Association of Educators, the Georgia Association of Educators and the National Association of Educators, Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Kappa Pi, Delta Kappa Gamma."

Q: What do you feel is the most important element in a student's education?

"Doing their best. Not every child is born with all the advantages that are desirable for an ideal student, but we need to take what we have and do the very best with that.

As a classroom teacher I always tried to take my students as far as they could go and it took their help and the help of the parents to reach that goal. God gives all children different talents but it's up to us to help that child to develop those talents and do the jobs they are supposed to do.

It takes all of us to educate our children. They are our future and that is why I continue to work so hard with the Bartow Education Foundation. We need to make this world a better place and in order to do this we must begin with our children."

Q: What is your greatest achievement?

"My family, my sons Phil and Ken and my daughter, Resa. I have a daughter-in-law, Terri, a son-in-law -- Tim Markham, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

And the children that I have had the pleasure of teaching and working with for the past 56 years.

I still go back to Calhoun High School and meet with those students on a regular basis and keep in contact with them. Just a few weeks ago several of us from the class of 1955 met for lunch and to continue a teacher/student relationship for that many years you really know there is a connection."

Q: Do you have a personal philosophy?

"My personal philosophy is to always be positive and to do your best. To always be prepared and to present yourself every day as if this is the day you are meeting your Master, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Q: What is your favorite restaurant or favorite food?

"I like many restaurants that serve good tender steaks with baked potatoes and garden salad with ranch dressing, and of course, sweet tea and ice cream."

Q: What is your favorite book?

"The Bible, the only book that I can read over and over and always learn something new and never get tired of reading."

Q: Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?

"At my home with my family and my dear friends."