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New teacher: Steve Fairbanks

New orchestra teacher plans for movie with live soundtrack

Steve Fairbanks fell in love with Park City at age six on a family vacation. Throughout his career as a teacher, he says he has kept an eye out for openings with the Park City School District (PCSD). Things panned out for Fairbanks this year when he accepted a position as high school orchestra and middle school guitar teacher . Fairbanks moves to the area from El Centro, Calif. and said that he’s ready for a change after living in 120-degree temperatures.

The first performance for the Park City High School (PCHS) orchestra under Fairbanks’ baton will be on Oct. 23. Fairbanks said that he and his students will also be attending a concert by the Utah Symphony in Salt Lake City this fall. He said he hopes to work with the Utah Symphony on various projects and field trips throughout the school year. Also, Fairbanks will work with students to produce a movie with a live soundtrack that will be performed by the orchestra this January.

Fairbanks said the most rewarding part of being a teacher is when he’s made an impact on students. For example, he is encouraged when he sees students who are the first in their family to attend college.

Fairbanks views his role as an educator a service to students, and finds it frustrating when he receives an adversarial reaction when trying to help. The biggest problem with the national education system, in Fairbanks opinion, is that educators aren’t paid enough. He thinks that schools are losing potential teachers to higher-paying professions such as business.

Fairbanks is a graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU) with a Bachelors Degree in Music. He is working towards a Masters Degree in Music at BYU. Fairbanks attended Newport High School in Bellevue, Wash. where his favorite subject was Physics.

Lindsay McClure


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