congratulations, Rhonda frazier!
It is with great pleasure that we formally announce the 2019-2020 MJCA Teacher of the Year, Rhonda Frazier! A Teacher of the Year is "A celebration of a teacher who displays a strong commitment to excellence in their discipline and to the MJCA mission. They have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues. They display creativity, a willingness to try new ideas in the classroom, poise, eloquence and above all, a Christ-like character in all areas of life." Head of School Brig Thompson said, “Rhonda is the type of teacher that it is IMPOSSIBLE for her to hide her joy for teaching or for Jesus! We love her!” Congratulations, Rhonda!
You can read more about Rhonda below:
1. How long have you been teaching at MJCA?
"I have been teaching at MJCA since the fall of 2014. I started teaching part-time for a season, and it eventually led to teaching full-time when the opportunity opened up for a Biology 2 and anatomy & physiology teacher. I currently teach chemistry, Biology 2, and anatomy and physiology."
2. What is your academic background?
"I graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. I have a double major in chemistry and biology."
3. Did you always aspire to be a teacher?
"I started out pursuing interest in the medical field where I fell in love with science - chemistry and biology specifically. I decided I wanted to pass on my love for the sciences to others. I came to the classroom in a roundabout way. It wasn’t my dream to be a teacher, but I can’t imagine doing anything else that is more fulfilling. It is definitely my dream job now!"
4. What is your favorite thing about teaching at MJCA?
"The interaction with the students! I teach hard material. Seeing the lightbulb go off when students grasp a new concept and seeing them master what they once said was difficult is thrilling! More than anything, as a teacher at MJCA we get to participate in academic excellence AND spiritual mentoring, which is a huge opportunity and blessing!"
5. What is your biggest passion about education?
"Teaching students to be good stewards of the common grace of science. Science helps us understand our world and reveals so much about the nature and character of God."
6. What ranks among the most important things you teach your students?
"I hope I teach my students how to think more than what to think. So much of our work in the sciences requires problem solving. If I can help students learn to think critically, then they are equipped to tackle any challenge the next phase of life brings them."
Principal Jon Willis said, "Rhonda has been a joy to work with. I know her students are her first priority. She makes it a point to get to know her students on a personal level. Her infectious laugh makes her easy to find at sporting events."