Daria Fedrick – Bragg Street Academy

Our Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Daria Fedrick of Bragg Street Academy. Mrs. Fedrick is a career and technical education teacher and has been a part of the BSA family for five of her nine-year teaching career. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, went through the lateral entry program at North Carolina State University and is a Kenan Fellow. Mrs. Fedrick was also recently recognized as Bragg Street Academy’s 2018-19 Teacher of the Year, by Lee County Schools.

Mrs. Fedrick believes that outstanding teaching should be built around the understanding that education, particularly public education, is the ‘equalizing catalyst’ of our society. “Outstanding teachers must be aware of this reality, and must be prepared, on a daily basis, to demonstrate how classroom activities are relevant to those goals.”

If you asked Mrs. Fedrick why she became a teacher, she would tell you that she was genetically destined to teach, since both of her parents were teachers.

Mrs. Fedrick’s best teaching experience “by far” was her selection into the 2018-19 Kenan Fellows class. “Participation within this amazing group of educators from around North Carolina has expanded my teaching horizons. During the summer of 2018 I participated in an internship with Central Electric in Sanford, NC as part of Kenan Fellows. The end result of my three-week internship was to take all of the information I obtained and to produce an end project which allowed my students to gain that same knowledge. It was an amazing activity that went far beyond my expectations! I was able to create the different components of an electric cooperative into my Personal Finance class. ‘The Sugar Shack’ was launched and my students and student body were hooked! I was able to create the Business Management plan in my classroom and my students were able to see the relevancy between the candy cooperative and the actual electric cooperative.”

Mrs. Fedrick’s advice to prospective teachers? “Start each day with a clean slate towards your students as well as staff. In the course of the day there may be experiences that may change how you feel towards your students, however it is extremely important to realize that these behaviors are not personally directed to you. It is necessary to begin your next day not holding any negative feelings towards that student.”

Mrs. Fedrick is an Advisor for BSA’s female organization The Leading Ladies and a member of the Lee County Chapter of NCAE and BFIT (Business, Finance and Information Technology).