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Flashback Friday: English teacher Angela Frye

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Sakenah Lajkem
English teacher Angela Frye stands behind her desk in her classroom. Frye went through a lot of personal struggles to get to where she is today, and with each step in her life, she carries her gratitude for those obstacles. “Everything happens for a reason. I believe in [the concept of] good energy, good karma, [from] being a good person. Those are things I don’t take lightly. [Struggles] build character. You really appreciate everything you have when you have to work for everything you have,” Frye said.

What school did you go to?

English teacher Angela Frye smiles for a school photo. Frye’s dress had been handmade for the event.  “I was wearing my favorite dress. My mother’s friend made the dress; it had a pocket [on the hip] with a little caterpillar that was coming out. I remember [that] I loved that dress,” Frye said. (Photo courtesy of Angela Frye)

For junior high — we didn’t have middle school at the time — I was in Barnwell Junior High. I graduated from Parkway South High School.

How was your childhood homelife?

It was pretty good. We were a typical middle-class family. We didn’t have a lot of technology, so we played together. We had to use our imaginations. Everything was pretty good and normal until my parents got divorced when I was 13. That sucked, but looking back now, at my age, I can understand why the relationship didn’t work. 

What has changed, what hasn’t?

I’ve noticed positives and negatives. Parents are more involved. My parents weren’t because we didn’t have a lot of money. The one thing I think that parents do a little too much is make sure [that] their child never hurts physically, mentally or emotionally. Sometimes, with pain comes growth, and when everything doesn’t go your way, you learn really valuable lessons. You become resilient. I also think that parents are not as racist and bigoted. My grandparents and my family said things that I would never think or say now. People are more aware. Parents [nowadays] also do a really good job of trying to be not just a parent that’s a disciplinarian, but a parent that is also someone that you can trust. 

When did you know you wanted to be a teacher and teach this subject? 

Ever since I was a little girl, “teacher” was my favorite game to play. I would spend hours being a “teacher.” I had a little chalkboard [and] I made up worksheets [and] student rosters. I had a little stapler and everything. When I was a babysitter, I always made the kids I was babysitting my students.

Tell me a childhood story that always makes you smile.

English teacher Angela Frye sticks her tongue out for a photo. Frye had been in a photo booth spending time with her siblings. “We were all in a photo booth and each one [of us] got a picture. My brother, sister and I each took a picture. I don’t know what the fourth one was, but I remember that,” Frye said. (Photo courtesy of Angela Frye)

Just memories of my brother because now he’s gone. I think about all the times we played with Hot Wheels for hours and hours together. When Star Wars came out, he owned all the Star Wars toys, and I remember playing [with them] with my brother. [They were] good memories because we didn’t have anything else to do [but play] with each other.

What things make you nostalgic when you see/hear/smell/ feel them?

The smell of certain foods makes me feel nostalgic, especially for my dad’s cooking, who also passed away. I love the smell of summer. I like the sound [of] snow or rain [and] old country music.

 

 

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