Dr. Frost studies early literacy with the same dedication that marks her teaching. Driven by a curiosity about how children learn to read, she has earned a master's degree and a doctorate. Still, she remains committed to teaching at the primary level. "Lots of people say to me, now that you've had this education, what are you going to do? And I always say ... this is where I need to be; this is where I want to be. We need really knowledgeable people teaching the primary grades." In addition to teaching young children, Dr. Frost teaches at the graduate level, and makes it a priority to mentor a student teacher each year.
Believing that the "home-school connection is critical," Dr. Frost communicates with parents through a monthly newsletter, reporting on important events and student accomplishments. Homework folders, which students bring home every day, carry information to and from parents. "I've told parents that the homework folder is our lifeline. This is the way we keep in touch with each other." Parents also contact Dr. Frost through e-mail.