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Giving Thanks

Next week brings Thanksgiving, which means a five day holiday for our students and a little break for our teachers as well. We get to wake up to some giant balloons floating throughout New York in the freezing cold. Time to gorge on turkey, roll ourselves out with mashed potatoes, stuff ourselves on stuffing, and fill any remaining gaps with cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. And when that is done, we can take a nap. It may mean sitting at the kid’s table well into your 20s or 30s, but such is life.

And while the rest is always welcome, it is a chance for us to reflect and give thanks for the things that we have. Students – thank your parents and extended family for the opportunities they have given you. Take the time next week to talk and see how everyone is doing. There probably isn’t a lot of family time with everyone’s schedules, so take a moment and reconnect. Parents – talk to your kids and tell them how proud you are of their hard work. They probably don’t hear it enough and what better time to embarrass them than in front of a lot of family? Enjoy the few quiet moments that happen when there isn’t that much to do.

When we all return, don’t forget to give thanks to the teachers who spend countless hours preparing lessons, drafting exams (even though you don’t like those exams), grading papers, and caring for your well-being. We are all here to see our students succeed. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and as a gift, we leave you with this really bad poem we just wrote.

It’s time to give thanks they say
For we are near Thanksgiving Day
A time to reflect on our blessings
While we eat turkey with all the trimmings
So thanks to our family
Who put up with us when things get crazy
And thanks to our friends
Who stick with us to the end
Thanks to our teachers
Whose academic work we feature
And thanks to this bad poem
That ends here

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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.”