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Meet Our New Junior High Counselor

Fairmont Private Schools welcomes a new addition to the Fairmont counseling team, Mrs. Naomi Shibley. As our new junior high counselor, Mrs. Shibley will be reaching out to 5th through 8th grade students to ensure that they have the best educational experience possible at Fairmont. We look forward to the relationships Mrs. Shibley builds with the students as she guides them through the process of transitioning from elementary school to junior high and onwards to high school.

A Few Words From Mrs. Shibley

This will be my first year working at Fairmont, and I am so excited to work with the incredible junior high students and faculty. I will be working with the junior high students at all three Fairmont campuses and I will also be working at Fairmont Preparatory Academy for junior high outreach.

Before coming to Fairmont, I worked in the counseling department at Griffith Middle School in downtown Los Angeles. I also had the privilege to work at Fullerton College in both the High School Outreach Program and also in the Career and Life Planning Center.  I obtained my bachelor’s degree at California State University Fullerton with a degree in human services and went on to receive my master’s degree in educational counseling at California State University Dominguez Hills. My top three focuses in counseling are multicultural studies, emotional health, and bullying intervention and prevention.

A few things I will be working on with the junior high school students are matriculation, academic success, time management, social/emotional skills, and learning to explore their passions both academically and in their extracurricular life.

I can’t wait to meet you all, and I look forward to working with the amazing junior high school students at Fairmont!

Fun Facts About Mrs. Shibley

Favorite subjects in middle school: Math & Choir

Favorite book in middle school: The Princess Diaries Series

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Favorite part of working with middle school students: My favorite part of working with middle school students is their overall love for life. I love watching them discover who they are and finding their true passions. Middle school students are at this “in-between” stage when they are starting to gain independence and discover who they are as individuals. There’s something quite beautiful about being a part of their journey in self-discovery.

If you leave your students with one piece of knowledge this year, what would you like it to be? You are capable of achieving whatever you set your mind to; all you have to do is believe you can do it and try.

How do you spend your free time? I spend my time off with my incredible 9-month-old son, Wesley, and wonderful husband, John. My favorite things to do as a family are going to the beach, Disneyland, swimming, and taking nature walks.

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What was the best thing you did this summer? This summer, I enjoyed watching Wesley grow and discover new things.

What are you most looking forward to this school year? This school year, I am looking forward to meeting all the students and Fairmont staff and building relationships.

Last thoughts: Junior high can be overwhelming at times because life as we know it is changing and we ourselves are changing. The key is to not be afraid, but instead, embrace life and try not to be afraid to make a mistake every once in a while. We can only grow if we try.

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