Meet Freemon Romero ’04, who teaches Spanish, is a seventh grade advisor, and a soccer, basketball, and baseball coach.
Q. What drew you to Fenn?
A. My own experience here. It prepared me so well for next stage of my life. People here are so caring. At Fenn I had my first opportunity to play on a sports team—JV soccer, than varsity basketball. Four years ago I was a Fenn Fellow [a program for young alumni who are interested in teaching as a career]. I heard about the program after talking to Fenn faculty and staff members at Star Camps, where I have been working each summer as a coach for about ten years. They encouraged me to apply. I wanted to stay when I finished that term and there was a position for me. I feel like a professional student, as I am doing all the things I did as a Fenn boy—sports, classes, lunch, and socializing.
Q. What do you enjoy most about teaching at Fenn?
A. Working with the faculty. It’s interesting, being an alumnus, that many of my teachers are now my colleagues. They nurtured me and cared for me as a student, and every day they help me develop my skills as a teacher. I love that when I’m in class, my students and I can have conversations, sometimes going off topic for a bit, about topics they are passionate about. It might be sports or something in the news. It’s so nice that the structure doesn’t have to be rigid and we can interact this way.
Q. What do you hope to provide your students and what do you hope they take away?
A. I enjoy working with kids. Every day is a new story, and each day is unpredictable, which makes it exciting and fun. I want to give back what I was given, that kind of care and nurturing. I try to teach them to be empathetic to others because I want them to be good people with good hearts.
Q. What are your passions and interests besides teaching?
A. I love coaching and playing sports and I enjoy pick-up games, mostly basketball, with my buddies. I’d rather play sports than watch them.