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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Diving into a teaching career after retiring from the military may seem like an odd change of pace. But to Chief Thomas Frost it was the perfect choice. He sees it as a way to continue serving his county in a new way.

He joined the staff at Ashley High School after 23 years of service to his country. And his wife let WWAY in on a little secret. Though he is retired and should be lounging around enjoying life, that’s not the case. “He gives up weekend and most evening for drill meets and community service events” with his students Sheri Frost explained. He even postponed his Christmas vacation to help students deliver trees and dinners to those who would otherwise go without.

Chief Frost teaches alongside a fellow retired Sailor inside the walls of Ashley High School. They’re surrounded by students of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program. Each student doesn’t necessarily want to pursue a career in the military, but each one values service. “They serve through volunteering,” said Frost.

He runs a tight ship. “I don’t tell my students that I love them or anything like that,” he said. “Don’t tell them, but I truly do.” He may put on a tough face, but his dedication and love for students is apparent in his eyes as he smiles while they’re working hard.

His classes has to be one of the most well-behaved classes WWAY has surprised. It was virtual silence as the cameras barged through the door. But once given permission to speak, they all began cheering for their beloved teacher.

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5 Comments on "Teacher of the Week: Chief Frost"

thomas varga
2015 years 9 months ago

This man was one of the people that helped me find my way in high school
I have served for 3 and a half years in the navy and contiually maintain contact with chief. He has never let me down. Thank you and job well done

Amy George
2015 years 9 months ago

Chief Frost is an amazing example of what a great teacher truly is. My son graduated from Ashely High School this past June and spent all four years under the guidance of Chief Frost in the NJROTC program. Chief was always there to lend a hand or an ear and ready and willing to do whatever he could to make sure my son had whatever he needed in order to succeed. Thank-you Chief again, for all the you’ve done not for my son, but for all your cadets. Congratulations!

minta clore
2015 years 9 months ago

He is so deserving of this honor. He is truely a teacher that has a passion for his job and his students. He goes above the mark to check on them and try to assure them a bright future , not only in a career but also how they carry themselves in life. Three cheer for chief Frost

Jennifer Downey
2015 years 9 months ago

This award is well deserved! I am currently in Texas for my son’s USN “A” School graduation. While he has said that he wanted to be in the military since he was young, I truly believe Chief Frost contributed in a large way to my son’s accomplishments in the 3 years of teaching him. I now have my second child, a freshman, being taught by him and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I hope he is teaching long enough to get through the next 2 Downey’s after this one!! Great job Chief, and thanks for all you do!!!

2015 years 9 months ago

In addition to my appreciation for your long term service for our country, its people and our freedoms, it’s people like you that go that extra mile and really put yourself out there that makes a huge difference with the future leaders of our country!


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