Company: Priest Lake Christian Academy
Location: Antioch, Tennessee, United States
Terri Frelix, Director at Priest Lake Christian Academy, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education administration.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 1982 from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, Dr. Frelix followed with a Master of Science in human genetics in 1984 from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She continued her education with a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and administration in 2020 from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. She also earned a technical certificate in early childhood education in K-6 elementary education, summa cum laude, from Nashville State Community College.
Dr. Frelix provided superior service as a genetic counselor and principal investigator from 1984 to 2001 with Meharry Medical College in Nashville and subsequently as a preschool teacher from 2001 to 2006 with Priest Lake Community Baptist Church. She then excelled as a test reader with Measurement Incorporated and a substitute teacher with the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools from 2006 to 2007 and a test administrator with Pearson Professional Center from 2006 to 2009. Since the latter year, Dr. Frelix has prospered as director of Priest Lake Christian Academy in Antioch, a premier school providing faith-based education.
Dr. Frelix has authored or co-authored numerous learned articles in the genetics and education fields that include “Examining the Key Experiences of African American Attendees at Christian Summer Camp,” Dissertations Publishing (2021); “Response to Letters Within the First Year” in Child Magazine; co-authored “Genetic Counseling Protocols for Infants with a Clinically Significant Hemoglobinopathies” for the National Sickle Cell Disease Program in Mobile, Alabama; co-authored “Counseling Protocols for Couples at Risk of Having an Infant with a Clinically Significant Hemoglobinopathy” in the American Journal of Human Genetics and many more.
Dr. Frelix’s many accolades include American Outstanding Woman of the ’80s Award from Meharry Medical College; a Certificate of Appreciation as a Health Awareness Facilitator; a Citation of Appreciation from Anheuser-Busch and a certificate and plaque of appreciation as Health Awareness Facilitator for FOCUS from Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Her professional memberships include the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools, National Association for the Education of Young Children and American Association of Christian Schools.
Dr. Frelix attributes her success to the people who supported her along the way. She always had people who believed in her and who encouraged her. Additionally, through faith and others who believed in her, her church has been very supportive, as well. She initially did not intend to pursue the education field as a career path but instead planned to pursue a medical career. However, encouraged and motivated by her mentors, she decided to become an educator and developed a passion for it over the years.
Completing her Doctor of Education in educational leadership and administration has been Dr. Frelix’s most notable accomplishment. Apart from her doctorate degree, she is also most proud of seeing her former students being able to graduate and succeed in life. In the coming years, she intends to continue her work as the director of Priest Lake Christian Academy in order to help others. She also wants to instill hope in her students so they will be more likely to harness their potential to succeed.
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