Ms. Jessica Fraser
507-582-3568 ext. 4362
Language Arts Teacher
Concurrent Instructor, Riverland
Education Minnesota Southland President
Southland High School Student Council Advisor
Welcome to another school year...it is bound to be even more interesting than last year. This is my sixth year teaching Language Arts at Southland, and my third year teaching College Composition concurrently through Riverland. I am really appreciating the "like new" building.
I earned an Associate of Arts degree from Kirkwood College in 1999, and I graduated from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Education.
I have over eighteen years of experience as a teacher, working in many different Minnesota schools, including Friedell Middle School, Apple Valley Area Learning Center, and Faribault High School. Most recently before I came to Southland I spent four years at Rochester Off Campus Charter High School, now called Rosa Parks.
To keep up-to-date with my professional knowledge and my teaching skills, I attend workshops, conferences, in-service meetings, college classes, and seminars. I read professional books and collaborate with my fellow teachers. I am currently earning my master's degree in English through Minnesota State University, Mankato.
How I Got Here
This is me at age ten. When I was growing up I was a lonely kid. Books were my escape; I lived in the worlds authors created with their words. I lived in a Little House on the Prairie with Laura Ingalls, and in The Chronicles of Narnia I met talking animals and used magic to win battles against evil. I explored The Secret Garden and shivered in an attic with The Little Princess, and I traveled across England to rescue The Hundred and One Dalmations.
During high school, I was always reading ahead in English assignments, or reading a novel in class. My teachers were surprised when they called on me; even though it looked like I wasn't paying attention, I knew the answers. My teachers believed in me. They told me, "You can do anything." I remember many of them, and I am grateful for what they did for me and all of their students.
When it came to deciding what to be when I grew up, teaching, and teaching words, was the natural choice for me. I graduated in 2002 from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Education. Since then I have taught students of every age, from preschool to twelfth grade. I have taught in big schools and small ones. I have worked and lived in the same community, and I have commuted to reach my classroom.
I am not lonely anymore, and I can help kids who struggle like I did. Today is a lot different from when I was ten...books aren't the only form of escape. Now most kids have mobile devices, with music and games and videos and social media sites. I want to make sure they don't get lost, so I'm going to be someone who tells them, "You can do anything," and teach them the skills they need to do it.
Home & Family
I grew up in Algona, Iowa, and all of my parents still live in Iowa. My mom and her husband live in Algona, my dad and his wife are also in Algona, and my stepdad and his wife live in Waukee. I am the oldest child, and I have several siblings: Gabe, Mike, Jenny, and Jeremiah; my youngest brother, Zach, passed away in 2005. I also have several nieces and nephews. I have a grown-up son named Blake who is twenty-six. He lives in Petoskey, Michigan, where he works at Gordon Food Supply. My first year teaching at Southland, I lived in Faribault, and I drove here every day. That was A LOT of time in the car. I moved to Adams in 2016, and then to LeRoy in 2018, where I live with my sweetheart, Ben Reburn, and his children. Max is in seventh grade and Ayla is in fifth grade. We have two cockatiels named Jasper and Petey (a.k.a. P.T. Barnum).