Back to School at Fairmont Prep

How can you not love the first day of school? Sure, it does signify the end of summer and some beautiful carefree days here in Southern California, but the start of school brings so much potential. There is that eagerness to see old friends, meet new teachers, and plan a year of events.

Fairmont Prep students started the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday and were welcomed back to campus by teachers, staff, and friends. You can always tell the first day of school simply by the noise level on campus as laughter and joy fill the hallways.

Armed with their schedules, students began navigating the campus in search of their classes with a slight bit of hesitation to see what the next syllabus held for them. The counseling office was full of students making that last adjustment to perfect their schedule. The courtyards hummed with the sounds of students recounting their summers to their friends.

As much fun as the start of school is, the campus quickly settles into a routine as Fairmont does what it does best: educate students. When the bell rings the hallways empty and there is a buzz that comes out of the classrooms as teachers and students work in conjunction with one another to explore subjects. One only needs to walk by the classrooms to see students wearing safety goggles in the lab, others editing videos for a film presentation, or engaging in deep discussion about political issues. This is the heart of Fairmont and, after a long summer, it is great to have it back.

But we can’t leave a new school year blog entry without a piece of advice, so here goes: try something new. Whether that’s a new subject in school or a new club, get yourself out there and expand your horizons. Sit with new people at lunch every once in a while. Fairmont Prep is a small school so use that to your advantage to get involved. Good luck, Huskies!

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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.”