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Prep Pride: Faculty Appreciation

We’ve talked a lot about being grateful in these blog posts. We’ve talked about taking the time to thank those who have helped shape you and for the experiences they have presented. This week at Fairmont Prep, the students have taken that to heart as our ASB presents Faculty Appreciation Week. The teachers and staff are treated to a lot of food as a token of appreciation for their time spent and their support given throughout the year.

For some students, it may seem odd to thank those teachers who give them challenging work and expect them to rise up to the highest levels — but take a step back. No one gets into education to become rich and famous. Working in education requires a commitment to teaching and providing opportunities for others. The teachers aren’t here to make your lives miserable.

In fact, at Fairmont, the teachers really do take the time to get to know the students and place forth realistic expectations depending on the class. Sure, if it is an AP or IB course, expect more work than our college-prep courses. The teachers are here to help you get what you want from your time at Fairmont. Should you want to take the most rigorous courses and earn all “A” grades, you are going to have to earn those grades. Teachers don’t “give out” grades at their whim. They set forth expectations and ask students to fill those expectations to the best of their ability.

Take a few seconds this week to give thanks to those teachers and staff members who help make a difference. Maybe even that teacher you don’t know but greets you with a smile each morning. Seeing your success makes them happy that they could be a part of that experience.

But the teachers will still be happy to take the treats you offer them as well!

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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.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
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.”