Our Education Philosophy
At Fairmont Private Schools, our goal is to create a nurturing and safe environment where educators are committed to academic achievement and social success. Our purpose is to develop confident leaders and lifelong learners who will thrive throughout their lifetime. Each day, our dedicated teachers inspire a love of learning and ensure each student maximizes his or her potential.
Fairmont elevates the learning experience by creating an environment which cultivates discovery, critical thinking, and personal growth. Through this individualized learning, students can Pave their Path to success.
Fairmont students thrive in a safe and secure learning environment, where passionate educators are committed to students’ academic, social, and character development. Our youngest Fairmont students benefit from a program that blends advanced academics, purposeful play, and developmentally appropriate activities. Children who go through Fairmont’s early childhood program will master key literacy and math skills by the time they enter kindergarten. They will also have been exposed to enriching activities like dramatic play, technology, music appreciation, and art. These experiences and learning opportunities give them a competitive edge when entering our academically accelerated elementary school program.
Fairmont Private Schools has a rich history rooted in tradition and academic excellence. With over 60 years of educational experience, Fairmont prides itself on providing students an individualized education with an advanced curriculum allowing them to accelerate in language arts and math. Our rigorous academics are enhanced with innovative technology tools in our integrated classrooms. In addition to our core curriculum, we also offer students opportunities to develop an appreciation for the fine arts and foreign language. An emphasis on character training, community service, and cultural awareness prepares our students to compete and succeed in today’s world. Understanding that students thrive when challenged, Fairmont cultivates higher level thinking, creativity, collaborative learning, problem-solving skills, and social responsibility. Our educational environment nurtures a sense of self, fosters confidence, and creates tomorrow’s global leaders.
Academic Standards Philosophy
Fairmont’s curricula ensures students consistently perform above the national average.
Over 87 percent of our Fairmont Prep graduates are accepted to top 100 universities as
defined by US News & World Report. One hundred percent of 8th graders are proficient in math and 85 percent of those are advanced. More than 79 percent of kindergartners perform above expectations. Additionally, our program focuses on a well-rounded education that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and developing effective communication skills.
Meet the Education Team
Ms. Carolyn Lucia
Director of Education
Ms. Carolyn Lucia joined Fairmont Education Group in 2011 as the Dean of Advanced Studies at Fairmont Preparatory Academy, and currently serves as the Director of Education. Her extensive background in education encompasses a broad range of positions including teacher, Dean of Students, Student Services Coordinator, Assistant Principal, as well as Founder and Director of a charter school. In addition, Ms. Lucia teaches graduate level courses in Educational Administration. She was also honored to have been selected to help pilot the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation MET study project for assessing effective teaching methods. Ms. Lucia completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Chapman University and her Master of Science degree in Educational Administration at National University. Additionally, she holds several California credentials including Single Subject English, Multiple Subjects, and Administrative Services.
Manager of Education / Blackboard Administrator
Kelly Robinette has been an educator for 24 years. For 13 years, she taught high school English both here and in England. Upon returning to the US, she switched gears and began working in educational administration for Fairmont Private Schools in the Business Office. As the Manager of Education, her work here includes academic outcomes data analysis, Blackboard administration, online learning, curriculum development, and teacher training.
Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature, with an emphasis in British, German, and Greek literature and languages. She also has a master’s degree in Educational Administration and holds both a single subject teaching credential in English, as well as an administrative services credential. She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Concordia University, Irvine.
In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family and working in her backyard garden with her four chickens and old dog, Hannah.
Curriculum and Instruction Specialist
Joanna Yujuico is currently the Curriculum and Instruction Specialist for Fairmont Private Schools since 2007. Her background in education encompasses many years as an elementary school teacher, an assistant principal, and now serves as the curriculum and instruction specialist for Fairmont’s five campuses. Joanna completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach, as well as her Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University, Irvine. She also holds several credentials including a Multiple Subject teaching credential with an emphasis on Global Studies as well as a credential in Educational Administration. Joanna enjoys working with students, teachers, and administrators to help support their educational journeys year after year. When not working, Joanna enjoys spending time with her husband and children playing in the sunshine at the beach or at Disneyland.
Mrs. Kristen Jansen
Director of Early Childhood Education & Special Projects
Mrs. Kristen Jansen joined Fairmont in 2000 at the North Tustin Campus as a kindergarten teacher and currently serves as the Director of Early Childhood Education & Special Projects. Mrs. Jansen’s fourteen years of teaching spanned the grades of preschool through fifth grade and were in Wisconsin and California in both public and private schools. After earning her master’s degree in Educational Administration from Azusa Pacific University, Mrs. Jansen left the classroom and began her career in educational administration. She served as the campus director at both our Historic Anaheim Preschool and the North Tustin Campus. With bachelor’s degrees in both Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, the transition to the Director of our Early Childhood programs was seamless. Mrs. Jansen utilizes her background to advise and support our youngest students and their teachers at all Fairmont campuses. Additionally, she holds several California credentials including the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and the California Clear Administrative Services Credential. Fun fact, Mrs. Jansen also holds teaching and admin credentials in Iowa and Wisconsin.
Fairmont’s Education Department consists of educational experts responsible for researching, planning, and implementing the curriculum, educational technology, and academic programs used in Fairmont’s classrooms. Staff play a significant role in managing textbook adoption, technology subscriptions, academic outcomes, data, curriculum development, professional development, assessments, summer programs, and much more. They regularly attend national and participate in conferences as well as collaborate on research projects to keep our educators current with the best teaching practices and educational technology.
Math and Language Arts Coordinators
Each campus has a math and language arts coordinator to discuss academic needs with teachers and provide them support throughout the year. Their availability adds convenience for teachers when adopting new curriculum. In regards to math instruction, Fairmont offers an individualized approach that allows highly advanced students to complete high school level coursework at the junior high level. Students benefit from classroom grouping and additional support in mastering key concepts from the Accelerated Math and Accelerated Reader software programs.
Maximizing the potential of each student is the hallmark of Fairmont’s educational philosophy. ASSIST teachers partner with classroom teachers to provide one-on-one help to students in need of academic support and enrichment. Students are identified for the ASSIST program through teacher referral, test scores, assessment and classroom observation.