LMS welcomes Rex Fraser as first Dean of Students

LMS welcomes Rex Fraser as first Dean of Students
Posted on 08/22/2017

Support comes in many forms and Rex Fraser, the new Dean of Students at Lynden Middle School, plans to explore many when working to help struggling students.

As the school’s first-ever Dean of Students, Fraser says he expects to work as a liaison to connect students, teachers and families, “helping everyone support students in the best way we can.”

“I definitely have a passion for those students who need extra support and helping those families understand the support we can give them and go about the best way as they deal with difficult times or issues,” he says. “I’m excited about the component of helping teachers find new ways to support those students. Often it is difficult as a teacher when you need to find a way to support a student and everything is put on you. That is a great opportunity for the dean to step in and say this is what has worked in the past and we can try this and that. To help in that way sounds great.”

Fraser may be new to Lynden Middle School as staff, but he’s no stranger to the school, having attend LMS and graduated from Lynden High School before moving onto education at Western Washington University and then four years both teaching and in leadership roles in the Issaquah district before more recently serving as a teacher for two years at Monroe High School.

“I loved the teaching, but what was missing was that leadership component,” he says about the Monroe position. “I got to know the dean at Monroe and he encouraged me to move along that path. It sounded exciting and I threw out a few applications and when (a position) opened in Lynden I thought that would be really great to be that close to family.”

With a wife who now commutes to Seattle from Lake Stevens for work able to shift into working from home when they complete the Lynden move, a 1-and-a-half-year-old and another baby on the way in early 2018, moving home was all the more enticing. “It has been a long time, but I’m excited to be back up there,” he says. “Part of relocating is getting closer to family.”

The Fraser family has sold their Lake Stevens home and will make the full-time transition to Lynden, excited for both the personal opportunities and the prospect of supporting students at Lynden Middle School.