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Open House Displays Fairmont Excellence and Close-Knit Community

Every year, each Fairmont Private Schools campus is able to experience the hustle, bustle, and excitement that come from one of the most memorable nights of the school year: Open House.

This year’s events continued the special tradition, allowing all families the chance to learn a bit more about the Fairmont experience. Upon entering the school doors, current families and prospective families alike were immersed into an inviting environment full of eager and friendly teachers and student ambassadors who were ready to share everything they could about Fairmont and its remarkable students.

Prospective families arrived first and made their way to the campus’ library for a brief informational session from the campus director. Designated junior high ambassadors then provided these curious families with tours of the school to give them a descriptive picture of the Fairmont experience and answer any questions they had along the way.

As the tours continued and reached their conclusions, current students and their families began to fill the hallways, excited to share their classwork with their parents and siblings.

“There really is no better feeling than seeing children run around their classrooms exploding with excitement to show their work to the entire family,” Fairmont Historic Anaheim Campus Director Matt Calabria said. “Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, cousins, and former students joined our current and prospective students to make this night a whirlwind of heartwarming joy. I heard so many wonderful comments about our teachers and the overwhelmingly advanced work that they are able to inspire from their students. More importantly, all of the parents shared with me how happy they are with the caring feeling that permeates the campus.”

The 2018 Open House events at the Fairmont Anaheim Hills, Historic Anaheim, and North Tustin campuses were filled with fun and engaging activities, including a photo booth with props, a slime-making station, and an out-of-this-world preview of the upcoming summer programs.

Open House is a prime opportunity for those interested in Fairmont Private Schools to learn more about the different campuses and obtain a better idea of how Fairmont helps students to achieve more than they ever could have imagined. It is also a wonderful time for those already in the Fairmont community to come together and to engage with the teachers and students as they learn more about what has been occurring in the classrooms and beyond.

“This night is so important to our prospective families as well as our current families because it shows that tremendous amount of love and family feeling that surround Fairmont’s Historic Anaheim Campus,” Calabria said. “The work our students do is spectacular, but the relationships that we all share are priceless.”

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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.”