Gray Fellow 2020-21
Leslie Frazier, Principal of the Crispus Attucks – PS 21 Elementary School in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn holds a B.S. in Education -Bernard M. Baruch College, M.S.in Education -New York University, M.S. Ed in School Administration – Fordham University, 2011 graduate of NYC Leadership in Education Apprentice Program, attendee of the National Principal Academy Fellowship through Relay Graduate School of Education and District Liaison serving on the Political Action Committee of Council of Supervisors and Administrators. Additionally, she currently sits on the ecclesiastical board of Elders at Truth Center Ministries in Roslyn, NY. She matriculated through New York City Public Schools and graduating from August Martin High School in Jamaica, NY. Her teaching career began in District 2 Augustus Saint-Gaudens PS 40M where she engaged diverse groups of upper grade students in Project-Based Learning in literacy and global studies. Her students were afforded a plethora of rich learning experiences as they studied abroad and were exposed to a variety of cultural arts and science opportunities. To maximize her life’s work and fulfill the passion of creating cultures of equity and access for all students, she was provoked to return to Public School 21 where she had been educated as a child and immersed in what we now refer, “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy” through a long line of responsive educators who were willing to overhaul a system to ensure that black and brown children succeed. Learning was not an isolated experience in a moment in time but a set of connected encounters that shaped the learner and bring endless possibilities. She has progressed through the ranks of teacher, English Language Arts Coordinator, Librarian, Assistant Principal and currently principal of this great school for the past 8 years.