HALIFAX — Halifax County Schools Superintendent Dr. Elease Frederick’s dedication and love for Halifax County has resulted in her earning the Katrina V. Miller Administrator of the Year recognition.
“When superintendent search surveys were tallied last year, the No. 1 ‘trait’ that staff members, parents, students and the community all agreed upon was Dr. Elease Frederick,” said Tawanda Parker-Hill, president of Halifax County Association of Education Office Professionals, in her nomination letter.
Frederick, who become superintendent for Halifax County Schools in January, was named the top administrator for the 11th district of the North Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals, which includes school districts in Halifax, Northampton, Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson and Johnston counties.
“I feel honored that they cared enough to nominate me for this award,” Frederick said. “I always strive to work cooperatively with the everyone I work with and this honor tells me that my efforts are noticed by the people I work most closely with on a daily basis.”
Frederick will represent the district in the spring at the North Carolina Association of Education Office Professionals conference.
One thing noted by Parker-Hill was Frederick was born in Halifax County and graduated from the school district that she now leads.
“She is renowned in Halifax County for a work ethic that is second to none,” Parker-Hill said. “She is also well-known throughout the county for getting the job done in an atmosphere of camaraderie, trust and mutual respect. It is this positive, hard-working atmosphere that has so impressed the Education Office Professionals in this district.”
After graduating from T.S. Inborden High School in Enfield, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Winston-Salem State University in 1971.
She returned to Halifax County in 1971 to teach full-time while working on her master’s degree from North Carolina Central University.
Frederick has almost 40 years of experience with Halifax County Schools. She has served as interim superintendent for more than two months, associate superintendent for two years and as assistant superintendent for six years with numerous responsibilities, including principal and assistant principal.
She also earned the Education Specialist degree through her participation in the six-year program of the Administration and Supervision at East Carolina University in 1995 and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from NOVA University in 1998.
“Teaching is my love,” Frederick said. “I came back to work in a profession I love and to teach the children of a community I love. I knew this community and the families of the children I would be teaching.”
Frederick added at that time teaching was greatly respected in the community.
“That was during a time when few people from here even got the opportunity to go to college,” she said. “When I started teaching, I had great support from parents and the community. Parents made sure their children didn't’'t misbehave in class or disrespect a teacher. I have stayed here through all these wonderful years because I love and respect the people of Halifax County and want the best for their children.”
With her one year anniversary as superintendent looming, Frederick said it has been “challenging and eventful.”
“I feel good going into another year,” she said. “We are in this together trying to provide the right leadership to focus on the schools.”
Each day, Frederick supports or directs various groups, programs, committees and task forces in the school district.
“Her positive attitude, openness to others, honesty, caring attitude and commitment to excellence are attributes that Dr. Frederick exhibits daily,” Parker-Hill said. “She is truly interested in the welfare of all employees and stakeholders in Halifax County Schools.
Frederick said she is honored to be representing the area.
“I feel great that the office professionals selected me to represent them at the district and state level,” she said.