North Tustin Campus Figure Skaters: Setting Goals and Managing Time

Fairmont Private Schools — North Tustin Campus is home to two young figure skaters with a passion and talent for the chilly sport, Audrey T. (5th grade) and Keira M. (6th grade).

Figure skater, Keira M. performing.
Keira M. in action on the ice.

Both girls have made great strides in the sport for such young ages. Audrey was recently named Champion of Pre-Preliminary Girls at the 2017 Southern California Interclub Invitational Final (only 16 of the top skaters in each division are invited to compete in the competition), and Keira won the 2016 Southwest Pacific Regional (against skaters from Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona) in her division and, more recently, was named the 2017 Southern California Interclub Champion at her level.

Both figure skaters may owe part of their success to beginning to skate at around the early age of five. They both also developed a love for the sport upon those first early visits to the ice rink.

“I saw girls practicing their figure skating routines, and I immediately became interested in the sport,” Keira said.

Like most competitive sports, ice skating requires dedication and commitment. Keira and Audrey both practice six days a week; Keira practices for two to three hours on the rink and has off-ice training three days a week for an hour, and Audrey practices either in the morning or afternoon, but sometimes both!

“Skating takes up a lot of hours every week,” Audrey explained. “To be able to train as much as I want to, I have to have good time management.”

Audrey attributes some of those time management skills to her time at Fairmont, teaching her how to use her time wisely. Keira has also found some skills from Fairmont have assisted her in her training on the ice.

“Being a student at Fairmont requires discipline, diligence, concentration, and good social skills,” Keira said. “All these positive attributes have helped me to achieve my skating goals and make many new friends.”

Audrey T. performs in the 2017 Southern California Interclub Invitational Series Final.

Those many hours on the rink are well worth it to both figure skaters. For Audrey, her favorite part of ice skating is “being able to balance and glide on the edge of the blades” of her skates, while Keira looks most forward to “learning new intricate skating moves” and eventually perfecting them.

With more hard work ahead of them, both girls have set goals for themselves. Keira hopes by working hard every day she can be the best skater she can possibly be, while Audrey hopes to perfect a specific move.

“I hope to get some of my triple jumps by the time I am 11 1/2 years old,” Audrey said. “I still have a long way to go!”

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
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nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”