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Incorporate Fun Learning Opportunities into Your Winter Break

At Fairmont, we have a hunger to learn, and that definitely doesn’t stop just because we’re out on winter break. Finding educational opportunities outside of the classroom builds lifelong learners. This doesn’t have to be a long drawn out task, and it can even be exciting.

Aquarium of the Pacific – Who doesn’t love to visit our seafaring friends over in Long Beach. No matter how old you are, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon with the family or friends. Putting yourself in different scenery is already making you grow, so why not take the time to learn more about ocean life?

Griffith Park Observatory – Situated on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood, Griffith Park Observatory will ignite a passion for learning more about the cosmos in any aged person. You can even make a day of this by hiking some of the local trails in the afternoon (just be sure to bring water and snacks) and then visit Griffith Park Observatory in the evening.

Farmers Market – Eating locally has become more and more popular over the past few years, so why not take advantage of the many Farmers Markets that pop-up each weekend. It’s an excellent opportunity to teach your children about the benefits of a healthy diet in an environment that is more exciting than a grocery store.

Visit a record store – They may be few and far between, but they still exist. Show your teen that you do have good taste in music by introducing them to the wonderful world of vinyl.

Read for fun
– It’s impossible to make a learning list without including reading. Grab your family, a cup of joe or hot cocoa, and snuggle up by the fireplace while you each read a book.

It’s so simple to find fun ways to learn in our daily lives. We hope you have a lovely holiday with your family.

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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.”