Maxine Smith



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.

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

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

Why did you choose to become a teacher?

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