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HometownSavannah, Ga. Degree Class of 2010
M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education
Awards

2015 SCCPSS District Teacher of the Year

Georgia Innovation in Teaching Winner

2016 Fishman Prize Honor Roll

Bynikini M. Frazier

Lead 3rd Grade Teacher, Hodge Elementary School

What did you love most about Armstrong and why? 
Armstrong is home. It is a beautiful and dynamic university that combines the essence of a quality education system with the comforts of home. In the heart of the hostess city of the South, Armstrong provides students with a quality education at an affordable price.

How did Armstrong help you succeed in your field? 
Armstrong helped me succeed in my field by fine tuning my skills as an educator. The institution further developed me into a teacher leader and trained me to apply best practices in my classroom. I worked with incredible professors who mentored me and guided me as I became more confident and grounded in my work. Armstrong helped me refine my craft as an educator and added bricks to my road of academic excellence both in and out of the classroom.

Who was your favorite professor and why? 
My favorite professor at Armstrong was Dr. Glenda Ogletree. Dr. Ogletree was my teacher during my time as a graduate student and is my advisor for Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. My experiences with Dr. Ogletree have been memorable and enlightening. She has shined in my life and has served as a strong pillar of guidance and hope. Dr. Ogletree is an extraordinary teacher who works hard to meet the needs of all of her undergraduate and graduate students. Working with Dr. Ogletree has been a joyous experience that I will cherish for years to come. She is a dynamic College of Education teacher who is knowledgeable, skilled and talented.

Why did you decide to attend Armstrong? 
I chose Armstrong because it had programs and opportunities for the working professional. I knew that I wanted a graduate experience that would allow me to work as well as attend school. Armstrong’s Early Childhood Education Masters Program had both the rigor and convenience that my life needed at the time. Attending Armstrong was one of the best decisions that I have made in my life.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Armstrong? 
My favorite Armstrong memory was graduation day. I was so proud to walk in my cap and gown knowing that all of my hard work, determination and strength had paid off and that I would be receiving my degree. Having my family and friends there was the icing on the cake! I still beam as I think about that day! It is a moment that I will never forget!

Did you do any extracurricular activities and/or internships that were particularly memorable? 
My favorite memories were those made with the Nu Zeta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi. Knowledge. Duty. Power. Those three words are the motto of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) and have become a living motto in my life as an officer of KDP and a teacher in my own classroom. Being a chapter officer has helped me develop my knowledge as a concerned and vital citizen in my community. Being a chapter leader has crafted my willpower and willingness to serve my university and community with my whole heart and soul and instilled service as a duty in my life.  Most of all, being a chapter leader has implanted a pillar of confidence and power within me, which has helped me to stand up for what is right in education and help bring down what finds itself as wrong with our educational system.

What is your best advice to current Armstrong students? 
Always believe in your dreams and never give up on them. Develop a plan that aligns with your focal point and that allows you to discover your resources, make connections and get involved.  Your actions determine your success, and your experiences at Armstrong will guide you into your destiny.

Why are you proud to be an Armstrong alum? 
I am proud to be an Armstrong alum because I know that I am a part of a legacy that spans many years. I am a part of an alumni affinity that represents some of the best and brightest individuals in the world. Armstrong is a beacon in our city and in our state for quality in education. I am proud to know that I will forever be a part of such a distinctive university and pillar in education.