April 2008Christine Frazier, associate superintendent, Office of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, says our schools are helping more kids than ever to reach their full potential.
"We are reaching kids that have some of the more severe challenges and meeting their needs more than ever before," she says. "Students speaking different languages, those who have disabilities, or those who make poor choices – we are not letting them fall through the cracks. We let them know that they have a part in society."
Having worked in public education for over 30 years, she has served as a classroom teacher, school principal, assistant superintendent, and school district superintendent. She joined the Office of Kern County Superintendent of Schools in 1996. Her first job in Kern County was in 1980 as a third-grade bilingual teacher in Shafter.
|When she does have a spare minute, she enjoys reading. Her most recent choice was John Grisham's first piece of non-fiction, entitled, "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town." This book chronicles the life of Ron Williamson, who was charged with a crime he did not commit and was sent to death row. "I found this book really interesting in how we have to be really careful with our lives," she says.|
An Arizona native, Christine likes the weather here in Bakersfield, because it's similar to what she grew up with in Phoenix. "I like the fact that you can do all kinds of outdoor things pretty much all year long," she says.
An ice hockey fan, she likes to "yell and scream" for the Bakersfield Condors. All three of her children were athletic, so she also likes to watch the California State Bakersfield Girls Softball Team. She says one of her favorite events takes place around Christmas – the HolidayLights at CALM.
Married to her husband, John, for 32 years, they have a son who is 35, and two daughters, 28 and 20. The older two graduated from Arizona State University and Cal Poly San Luis. Her youngest daughter currently attends Cal Poly San Luis.
Immersed in the Bakersfield community, Christine serves on two boards: the Boys and Girls Club of Bakersfield and Junior Achievement. "Both of these have close ties to kids," she says. "They offer them better choices."
In addition to service, Christine enjoys the neighbor-hood flavor our community offers. "Local restaurants have so much Bakersfield tradition – Luigi's, Dewars," she says. "It gives a small town feel to a town that is really large in size. There is so much background and tradition in the community."
"One thing I continue to marvel at in this community is how generous this community is. The amount of giving that this population is able to give per capita outshines L.A. We are a caring community that cares about the kinds of things that are happening here," she says.
Bakersfield is a family-oriented town, and she wants us to continue to focus on that area. "We need to keep creating more opportunities for our kids to have healthy choices–things for them to do," she says.
With all the demands of her job and with many night and
weekend meetings, when she has a break she wants to spend time with her family. "I put my focus on my family. I try to make my kids, husband, and my father a priority," she says. She also travels to Arizona to see her brother and sister.
When Christine does have a spare minute, she enjoys reading. Her most recent choice was John Grisham's first piece of non-fiction, entitled, "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town." This book chronicles the life of Ron Williamson, who was charged with a crime he did not commit and was sent to death row. "I found this book really interesting in how we have to be really careful with our lives," she says.