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Long Live Rock n’ Roll—The Beat Goes On

Envision being a rock star taking the stage ready to perform. Electrifying energy fills a packed house. Palms sweating, it’s just you, the band, and your instruments. Suddenly, the crowd erupts into a thunderous roar as you start to jam. Fantasy? No, fact! This is how members of The Beat feel each time they play a gig.

 

What’s The Beat? A classic rock band opened to all students at Fairmont Historic Anaheim Campus. Led by music teacher and jazz musician Sam Montooth, the students meet before school to practice for at least 30 minutes per session. Band members who participate learn to express themselves through music which helps them develop self-confidence and bolsters their self-esteem. “Think garage band with a leader,” says Montooth. His students may choose to sing, play guitar, drums, percussion, or even rock a beat on a cowbell.

 

Eventually, they learn to play music by classic artists like Toto, Queen, Joan Jett, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO). Interestingly, the band is comprised mostly of students with little to no experience. However, Mr. Montooth’s passion and love of teaching is the driving force behind the band. One of his favorite aspects of teaching music is watching his students start with little to no musical knowledge or rhythm and eventually grow to the point where they can perform confidently in front of a crowd. “It’s the connection between mental and physical. Everyone is capable of learning music.”

 

The Beat is currently preparing for their Spring Jam (concert) on May 15, at 5:30 pm at the Historic Anaheim Campus. As a working musician and a music teacher when his students or their parents come to him to say thank you, he knows he picked the right profession.

 

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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.”