Have I Really Failed?

Walk through the hallways of any high school campus, and you will most likely hear the same refrain from the students: “I literally just failed that test” or “I totally just bombed that project.” Now, often the reality is quite different as students tend to be very hard on themselves. In most cases, the students have done fairly well, though if they are seeking perfection, they may have missed that mark. Winston Churchill once remarked that “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” It does not matter whether we are perfect or if we have room to grow, we must keep moving forward. When we fail, it is when we have the most opportunity to learn. We become humble and teachable in those moments, and isn’t that what school is all about?

Realistically all of the knowledge is out there. We could sit in a library for years and study and research, but we wouldn’t necessarily know where to go or how to give it all context. We need teachers to guide our learning and to give it meaning. We need someone to pick us up when we fall a little bit and to help motivate us to do a little better each and every time. It is easy to see defeat and give up, but it takes courage to recognize defeat and move forward taking what you have learned with you.

One of the great things about Fairmont Prep is that students can try new things and explore without fear. These are teenage high school students who still need our support. Yes, we need to let them try and let them fail, but we support them and help pick them up when they fall. Our teachers are wonderful at that, in keeping communication with families to ensure that we find the best way to help a student at every step. Allowing students to make a misstep is essential in their development. We cannot, and should not, rush to solve every problem that a student may encounter. Trust that we have given them the tools to solve some of their problems. Of course, we should still be there to guide, but we want our students to be able to advocate for themselves.

Failure is merely an opportunity to learn about something that doesn’t work.

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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.”