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Maxine Smith



Why did you choose to become a teacher?

After studying at Fresno State, it was around 1960 and I was looking for early education programs for my 3 year old daughter Kathy. A friend and I set out to see what was available in the Fresno area, and there were very limited options. After some discussion we decided there was a real opportunity to incorporate an academic curriculum into early education and we started a School called Peter Pan, later I founded Fairmont and we've been here almost 50 years.

What is the thing you love the most about teaching young children?

I had some great teachers growing up one in particular who inspired me, was my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Mercer in Taft, CA.

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