Second Grade

Ms. Edith Frye

This year is my 9th year at IAH. I enjoy seeing students get excited about learning and I strive to help them achieve their greatest potential while reading them for third grade.

I was born in Niagara Falls. New York-a true Baby Boomer-born a year after World War was over. My family moved two years later to North Carolina where my brother and sister (twins) were born. I attended Derita Elementary School for grade 1-8; John McNitt Alexander Junior High for 9th; and North Mecklenburg High school for 10th -12th. I graduated in 1964. The year President Kennedy was assassinated. I learned to love math at North Mecklenburg and went on to major in math at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I received my B. A. in Math with a minor in English and Sociology.

The following June, I married Eugene Frye. Jr. of Prattville. Alabama. This year we celebrate our 49th anniversary. Two months later I started teaching math at Davenport Junior High in Greer, South Carolina, in a part-time capacity. I took the National Teacher Exam and received AAA certification in South Carolina.

In 1969, the year man landed on the Moon, our son was born. A year later we moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Here I started teaching at Beeson Academy. I taught 7th and 9th grade General Math and 10th grade Geometry. I didn’t return to teaching the next fall, because of the birth of our second child-a daughter. After Catherine’s birth, I chose to stay at home because we lived far from family and Gene travelled in his work.

Later I was asked to tutor children of friends. I also started substitute teaching in the Petal City School system in Petal. Mississippi, I substituted in all grade levels-elementary through high school. This led to working for the Special Education Department for Petal City Schools. I did a lot of testing in this capacity. I did Step B testing for Evals. And Otis-Lennon for gifted placement. I also conducted the first system-wide inventory for the Sp.Ed.Dept…..

In 1990, Gene’s work brought us to Huntsville. Here I started tutoring at Reading Center/ Schola Maxima. I tutored Saxon Math which had been a pilot program in Petal Schools. I soon was also tutoring reading and language and doing testing for placement of tutoring students. In 1994 I was asked to replace the second grade teacher who was moving. I also continued tutoring in afternoons and Saturdays and summers. I have been teaching second grade ever since.

Our son lives near Memphis. He graduated from Valparaiso University summa cum laude, and got his Masters from University of Chicago. He has one son, who recently became a Marine. Our daughter works configuration management for an electronics company. She and our granddaughter. Kendall, live with us.

In my life, I have seen so many things-developments in medicine, in the space education, in technology, and in social change. There have also been natural disasters, wars and man-made disasters.

At IAH, I have coordinated the National Geographic Bee, helped with the Spelling Bee, Fundraisers, Cultural Fairs, and The African-American Wax Museum. It has been a blessing to work with the faculty, staff, parents and students at IAH. I love the family atmosphere grounded in religious values of Islam. The students are knowledgeable and bright. They are open to learning and willing to work toward goals set forth for them.