DR. HOLLY HATCHER-FRAZIER
Dr. Holly Hatcher-Frazier, “Dr. Holly,” is a member of Lifetime’s hit reality show, Dance Moms®. Inspired by her own childhood dance experiences, Dr. Holly enrolled her daughter Nia in the Abby Lee Dance Studio to foster Nia’s love for the performing arts.
Dr. Holly earned her bachelor’s degree in History and American Studies from Williams College and received a Master’s of Public Management in Educational Leadership from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Holly earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
A passionate scholar and advocate for education, Dr. Holly plans to continue her career as an educational consultant and motivational speaker. She sums up her educational philosophy this way: “It is important for me to raise our youth’s awareness of the world around them from a global perspective, while helping them to shape their own personal code of ethics.” She hopes to use her celebrity platform in a positive and impactful way. Dr. Holly wishes to give a voice to issues in education, motherhood, and the workplace by encouraging women to maintain balance in all these aspects of life.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Holly worked as an educator in a variety of independent school educational settings. Her professional experiences included teaching and administrative leadership at elementary, middle and high school levels. For several years, Dr. Holly served as a Lower and Middle School principal, in addition to her decade plus role as a Director of Admission. Dr. Holly began her career teaching history, however, she also designed and offered elective courses on a variety of topics, some being ethics, diversity, leadership, multiculturalism, and Asian Studies at The Ellis School and Winchester Thurston in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Holly has received numerous awards and recognition, including the E. E. Ford/NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring Heads of School and a Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers award. Dr. Holly has had the honor to tour Asia through The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program and as a delegate on a Hanban study tour to China. While overseas, Dr. Holly toured various cultural centers and visited schools, which resulted in the sharing of educational perspectives and philosophies.
Dr. Holly remains active in the Pittsburgh community. She serves on the board of The Children’s Institute, and has served on the boards of the YWCA of Pittsburgh, the Women’s Center & Shelter, the Junior League of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and other local charitable institutions.
Currently, Dr. Holly lives in Pittsburgh, PA, enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Evan, and their three children – Evan Jr., Nia, and William.