PREPing For a Great Season

Fairmont Preparatory Academy is known for its excellence in academics. However, their sports program is also thriving which can be attributed to their top-level coaching staff and student-athletes.

An example of this is Joedy Gardner hired in 2016 as head coach for boys basketball. In his past 24 years of coaching, Gardner has accumulated an overall record of 289-92. He has coached or mentored 27 players in the NBA, and this only scratches the surface of his incredible career.

In fact, Fairmont fields 14 sports at the varsity level and three sports with JV teams (girls volleyball, girls basketball, and boys basketball). Boys basketball also fields a freshman/sophomore team. Once a Fairmont team qualifies for the CIF playoffs (California Interscholastic Federation – the governing body for high school sports in California) teams are then placed in divisions by competitive equity.

What role do athletics play in the lives of Fairmont students? The benefits are far-reaching. It’s no secret that physical exercise and mental acuity is directly correlated. What about the hidden advantages? According to Fairmont Prep Athletic Director David Esparza, “our students learn valuable skills such as commitment, time management, leadership, and the fact that success is earned through hard work and determination. Getting them to believe in their abilities and trust the process prepares them for the chance to take the game-winning shot.”

One competitive advantage the student-athletes at Fairmont Prep have is their unwavering commitment to academic success. “We expect our student-athletes to succeed in the classroom and on the court. Most of our athletes are overachievers who have found the drive and time management skills to excel at both,” Esparza said.
Starting his 25th year at Fairmont Prep, Esparza has experienced countless teachable moments with his student-athletes. “My favorites are when our students’ self-esteem and character take shape. They begin to form their foundation for a lifetime of success.”

With a competitive high school athletics program in place, few will argue Fairmont Prep is on the radar with a healthy combination of academic and athletic programs that concentrate on building strong leaders who will succeed in school, athletics, and throughout their lifetime.

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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.”