Prep Pride: Freshmen Advice

Freshmen, the time has come. You’ve completed years of education and now you are here on the big stage, high school. Now you get to see first-hand if all of those movies about high school will really come to life in the halls of Fairmont Prep. If you’ve ever seen “Stranger Things” on Netflix, rest assured that no Demogorgon has ever threatened Fairmont Prep and that Spider-Man does not make his webbing in our science labs. What we do have is a wonderful group of students, teachers, counselors, and staff who are invested in making your high school experience the best it can be.

Freshman year is all about figuring out high school — which classes to take, which clubs and organizations you want to try, and which people are going to be part of your group of friends. Take advantage of that openness. Use your freshman year to try some new things, don’t be afraid to do so, and don’t be afraid to fail — it’s part of the learning process.

One of the great things about Fairmont is that it does not matter whether you are a senior or a freshman, you have the same opportunities as everyone else. Students don’t care how many years you have been on campus, everyone is welcome and encourage to try new things.

This year, do well in your classes. Give yourself the chance to take higher level courses should you choose to do so. Set the foundation for the next four years by getting to know your teachers and developing a strong work ethic. Most importantly, find something to get involved with on campus. It doesn’t matter what it is, and you don’t have to the best at it either, just get involved. Try that new thing and meet those new people. Use the tools around you. Talk to other students, talk to teachers, talk to your counselor — get to know the resources that Fairmont has put in place.

If you follow those basic ideas, you will have set yourself up to succeed as you go through high school. Just watch out for that Demogorgon hiding out under the stairs

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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.”