2015 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Dr. Harold B. Frye

Dr. Harold B. FryeWyandotte High School, 1962

Other Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Attended: Quindaro Elementary, Parker Elementary, West Junior High.

Through his work and his community involvement, Harold Frye has made a positive impact on countless lives.

Frye is an associate professor in the school of education at Baker University. He teaches graduate courses to students pursuing their doctorates of education and mentors them through their dissertations.

He began his career as a teacher in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) at T.A. Edison and Noble Prentis elementaries. He later served as principal at several schools. He also worked as an administrator in two other school districts before going to Baker. What he loves about working in the field of education is seeing people grow and change.

Growing up in KCKPS he remembers so many teachers who gave him reasons to believe in himself, including Connie Moritz, his English teacher at Wyandotte. One of his biggest honors, and surprises, in high school was making the National Honor Society. He took art his senior year and was inspired by his teacher’s belief in his creativity. This is something that he has carried with him throughout his life.

Frye was the first one in his family to go to college, and he is proud that he worked his way through those college years. He was always taught that hard work means success.

It was his mother who instilled in him the importance of service to others. When he was a student at Quindaro Elementary, students went home for lunch with him and his mother fed them all. His community service has included 60 years with the Boys Scouts (at all levels), Overland Park South Rotary, the American Cancer Society and more.

While he is proud of the students he has touched through education, he wants his legacy to be about the lives he has touched through his Music 4 Jeremy’s Cherubs foundation. He and his wife established it to honor their son whom they lost to a brain tumor while he was in college. Through the foundation, they collect and repair used musical instruments so they can donate them to schools. To date they have donated more than 1,100. And many have come to KCKPS.

Frye looks forward to the day when he will see his son again and tell him about it.