Carrie Frogue: Montebello Community Adult School

With keen intelligence and acuity, combined with a practical can-do attitude, Carrie Frogue guides the development of a rigorous and relevant curriculum for ABE/ASE students at Montebello Community Adult School (MCAS).  Her dedication and joy of teaching for the past 18 years is clearly evident in all her work with staff and students.  

Immediately upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Whittier College, Carrie knew that a career in Adult Education was her calling and passion and began her career at MCAS.  Carrie creates innovative strategies to continually strengthen the ABE/ASE High School Diploma Program at MCAS.  She has helped to establish a College 101 program where high school students learn about researching and applying to colleges and universities and the financial aid process to ensure our Adult Education students know that they can continue their education at the college level.  Carrie organizes group community college tours and on-campus presentations for students to alleviate some of the nervousness of students who are going to college for the first time.  In addition, she serves on the technology committee working towards providing a hybrid program incorporating online coursework into the high school curriculum.  Carrie currently serves as MCAS’ Chief Examiner for HiSET.  This is a new venture for MCAS, and MCAS is proud to offer this test at a cost that is accessible to students in Montebello, many of whom are from low-income households.

Carrie does not only strive to assist students’ success; she also works hard to provide professional development to school district support staff and has taught classes in math, reading, and writing to ensure their continual advancement.  

While Carrie was Co-Chair for the WASC Leadership Team (2014-2015), MCAS achieved the rare 6-year clear accreditation.  She has also been involved in the LARAEC  (Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium) planning process since 2014 and will continue to serve as a Subject Matter Expert/Working Group member for ABE/ASE programs.
 
A CCAE member for many years, Carrie has served as Co-Chair for the Awards Committee and is currently President-Elect of the Montebello Chapter of CCAE. Carrie traveled to Sacramento for CCAE’s Legislation Day in March of 2015 to advocate for the continuation of Adult Education within the K-12 system.  Her efforts as MCAS’ lead legislative advocate resulted in a letter sent by a legislator that same day to the Budget Subcommittee on Educational Finance asking for additional funding for Adult Education.  This swift action was unprecedented and attests to her team’s powerful and clear advocacy message to support Adult Education.
 
MCAS Director of Adult Education Consortium, Kathy Brendzal, creates this vision of Carrie:  “A hundred years from now, a hundred thousand things won't matter, but the world will be changed because Carrie was important in the lives of her students.”