Fostering Community and Preparing Our Future Leaders

School communities across the United States have been rocked hard by the events in Parkland, Florida, and understandably so. Regardless of your political convictions, the loss of life in that fashion is hard to fathom and understand.

And while that tragedy is still fresh in our minds, there has been something positive that has come from it: a sense of community and a rallying of people around a common issue. We see it time and time again. When tragedy strikes, there is an outpouring of love and support from communities near and far. Ultimately, someone will lead those who are grieving or having difficult times. Television personality Mr. Rogers summed it up this way: “When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

What it boils down to is community. At Fairmont, we are a community — or, as our headmaster likes to remind us — a family of educators and students. We are here with a common goal to educate students and, ultimately, send them out into the world with the skills needed to be successful people. We celebrate one another’s accomplishments and take time to comfort those who may need to be picked up.

As we deal with teenagers and younger children, we need to set the example of how people can and should be treated. What events like Parkland have shown us is that the next generation of leaders is ready. The students in high school today are ready to take a stand for the things they believe in. They know how to organize people quickly and use the best of their time in front of others.

History has shown us that some of the biggest changes in society have come from those who have yet to hit 40 years old. There is vision in youth — they often see a future that others have trouble seeing. Will those who are older be able to have the vision themselves to see change when it occurs?

As a school community, encouraging students to find their voices and perspectives is important. The future leaders of the world roam our hallways. Hopefully we can take a moment to step back and help them realize their potentials.

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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.”