My name is Jeff Frazer. I began teaching at Caprock High School in the fall of 1986. Currently, I teach Government AP and U.S. History AP. I also teach dual credit through Amarillo College in both Government and U.S. History. I am a graduate of Amarillo High School (1980).
After attending Amarillo College in 1980-1982, I went to Baylor University in Waco, Texas where I received a BA degree (1984) and an MA degree in 1985. Both of these degrees are in Political Science with a minor in History. In 1984, I was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. I also did my student teaching at Robinson High School outside of Waco in the Spring of 1984.After graduation from Baylor, I was employed at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. At age of 23, I was teaching all of the Political Science courses and doing student advising. I came back home to Amarillo in the Fall of 1986 in order to take a job at Caprock High School.Obviously, I love Caprock High School. I love to hear and see where my former students go after graduation and to meet their spouses and children. A special privilege is to get the chance to teach the children of my former students. That is a real honor. I also treasure the chance to get to teach with many of my former students at Caprock. Coach Quincy Nodine and Mrs. Nina Hunter were both in my classes as were many others. For me , this is home!
Mission For The ClassGovernment AP is a class for high school seniors. I have two main goals for this course. First, I want the students to become active in the political process by becoming registered voters. If students can become aware of current issues and develop their own opinions based on facts then they are more likely to stay in tune with politics and become active citizens. I also hope to increase the numnber of students who take this course for dual college credit. Every college major will require 2 semesters of Government, so I want them to choose to begin to earn college credit while a student at Caprock. This goes along with our school goal of preparing our students for success after high school.Government AP students will also take part in a community service project where each student gives back to the community. Each Monday, a group of 2-3 students goes out to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound elderly in east Amarillo. Personal connections are made during this project. The Meals on Wheels clients often report that Monday is their favorite day because the students will be coming to deliver their lunch. By the end of the semester, students are requesting if they can go on the Meals on Wheels route again.U.S. History AP is a course at Caprock for juniors. It is a required class and is an Exit Level TAKS course. The class covers U.S. History from Reconstruction to the present. My main goal is to have 100% of my students pass the Exit Level TAKS Test which clears them for graduation. I also hope to have many students take the course for dual credit through Amarillo College. This dual credit course is taught as a telecourse through Amarillo College which requires reading a college-level textbook and watching a series of historical videos. The dual credit portion of U.S. History AP requires a commitment to read and work outside of class. In the past, Caprock students have been successful in dual credit if they will make this commitment to work outside of class.I also want to introduce historical topics with a series of experiences for students. We will simulate warfare with a trip to the local paintball field. We will research and report on local architecture during a Bike Tour of Historic Amarillo. The students will also chronicle the events of the school year by creating and maintaining the CHS Blog which is found on the Caprock website. It is also found in the Links Section of this webpage. I want to try to introduce my students to the latest in instructional technology which will enhance their learning and be a part of their education in the future. We always have a very busy year in both Government AP and U.S. History AP.