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Teacher of the Year

Patti Frazer, Teacher on Special Assignment

2021 Teacher of the Year, Patti Frazer

Condit Elementary School

Hire Date: 9/7/99

Years of Service: 21


B.A., California State University,

Long Beach

Introduction from Board Meeting:

Patti Frazer, Claremont’s 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year, began her CUSD career 21 years ago as a classroom teacher and is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment at Condit Elementary School.

As I often do, I reached to the Teacher of the Year’s colleagues to tell me what they like best. One colleague stated, “You have to start your introduction with saying “Yahoo!” That is her favorite word to say as encouragement to her students! Patti is an inspiration. She teaches with unconditional love, tremendous energy, and always has an engaging lesson for the kids! Her passion in education is contagious! Patti is always positive and motivated in all she does! I am so happy for my dear friend Patti Frazer!”

Nominated by her peers and selected by former Teachers of the Year, Patti has been described as a model TOSA. For many years she has been a model for teaching and learning by ensuring each and every day, each and every minute of the day is spent engaging students in unique and motivating ways. She is a true classroom practitioner who marries current research, available resources and knowledge from over 20 years of teaching into creating lessons that take student from where they are and ensures they succeed.

Over her years as a TOSA she has gracefully merged roles as professional developer and remediation teacher. I have personally witnessed students skipping and singing down the hall to work with her on the hard work of improving their reading. She is loved by students because of her energy, her engagement and her infectious joy in learning. I have also personally witnessed teachers laughing and sharing as she engages them in professional development. Teachers tell me she can bring programs and initiatives the District is focused on to life and make them practical and doable.

Her colleagues share that her smile, laugh, and enthusiasm are infectious. She is like the Energizer Bunny.” Another colleague shared, “She makes the students and staff both eager to learn and I think that’s what we all love so much about her.”  Finally, a colleague summed it up by stating “The best teachers don’t just inspire their students; they inspire their colleagues.”

It is with great pleasure I present to you, the Board of Education, Dr. Elsasser and the staff and the community, the 2020-2021 Claremont Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year – Patti Frazer.

Former Teachers of the Year

2020 - Robyn Echeverri, El Roble Intermediate School

2019 - Kara Evans, Teacher on Special Assignment

2018 - Patricia Colinco, Sumner Dabury Elementary School

2017 - Dave Chamberlain, Claremont High School

2016 - Sandra Nesbit, Condit Elementary School

2015 - Deborah Plumley, Sumner Elementary

2014 - Terri Kegans, El Roble Intermediate School

2013 - Karen Corrette, Chaparral Elementary School

2012 - Krista Elhai, Claremont High School

2011 - Carolyn Spanier, Claremont High School

2010 - Leanna Prokop, Chaparral Elementary School

2009 - Ken Kirkwood, El Roble Intermediate School

2008 - Imetra Joiner, Oakmont Elementary School

2007 - Jenny McGourty-Riggs, El Roble Intermediate School

2006 - Stephanie Salamon, Claremont High School

2005 - Olivia Simpson, Oakmont Elementary School

2004 - Gail Mori, Claremont High School

2003 - Sally Grogg, Sumner Elementary School

2002 - Judi McKee, Vista del Valle Elementary School

2001 - Virginia Ellsworth, Sumner Elementary School

2000 - Jeanne Culbertson, Chaparral Elementary School

1999 - John Sedia, Danbury School

1998 - Jack Harper, Claremont High School

1997 - Joan Felsch,El Roble Intermediate School

1996 - LaRie Carter, Claremont High School

1995 - Heather Moore, Condit Elementary School

1994 - Rosemary Adam, Claremont High School

1993 - Frances Gilfry, Danbury School

1992 - Charlotte Brockway, El Roble Intermediate School

1991 - Gary Iida, Claremont High School

1990 - Dorothy Shamah, Claremont High School

1989 - Bob Walker, Claremont High School

1988 - Debbie McCurdy, Oakmont Elementary School

1987 - Esper Keiser, Claremont High School

1986 - Doreen Stalwick, Vista del Valle Elementary School

1985 - Dawn Ridder, Oakmont Elementary School

1984 - James Hill, Claremont High School

1983 - Lillian Page, Sycamore Elementary School