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Lessons Learned from 2018

The beginning of each calendar year puts forth opportunities to reflect on the previous 12 months. At Fairmont, we believe it’s important to continually grow, whether it’s learning new things or realizing lessons learned through experiences. While it’s imperative to acquire new skills, it’s just as important to look inward in order to digest lessons from the self. After looking back at 2018 and feeling excited about 2019, we’ve put together a few topics that have really stood out to us.

Happiness can be found in small moments. It’s not always about the grandiose moments in our lives that define our happiness. Sometimes it’s about the smaller, more intimate moments like helping a friend study for a test, sitting with your peers on a normal day at lunch, or even the feeling of walking into your favorite class. It’s impossible for each and every moment to be a major event, so it’s important to find happiness in the small moments.

Be open to new ideas/change. We know this isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it can feel impossible. But think about where this world would be if no one was open to new ideas and/or pushing boundaries. Pretty meager, right? Now picture what your life would look like if you accomplished that thing you believe is impossible. Pretty awesome, right?

Don’t be in a rush to grow up. Whether you’re 16 or 60, we think that everyone should keep their inner child alive. Of course, the older you get the more responsibilities you acquire, but it’s still important to, every once in a while, put those responsibilities to the back of your mind and just enjoy the moment.

Failure is just a different style of teaching. It’s impossible to do everything perfectly your entire life. If you learn how to look at failure from a different perspective it will take you much farther than focusing on that fact that you’ve “failed.”

There may be an endless amount of lessons that we learned from 2018, but these four speak volumes when we consider how a single lesson can impact a person’s holistic self. And yes, we do think it’s important to recognize how studying, or lack thereof, can affect test scores etc., but we also believe that our students are much more than a test score or a number. That’s why it’s essential to reflect and find learnings that happen within and outside of the classroom.

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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.”