Alumni of the Month
My name is Luisant Santos, and I was a FHS graduate in the year 2011. After graduating FHS, I started my bachelors in Humanities and Justice Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. As you can imagine, the theme of humanities, which I obtained from FHS, traveled with me all the way to college, and it was the only thing I wanted to pursue in college. At first, I went into college with aspirations of being a lawyer, but soon after, I noticed that my true calling was teaching. I became inspired by my teachers, from both high school and college, because they were able to move a classroom by simply challenging their minds so that they can think critically. Soon after, I became infatuated with the idea of being able to create leaders amongst our society, and thus, when I was a senior, I applied to become a New York City Teaching Fellow. Ironically, I wanted to teach in a school where I would be able to implement the same culture that I experienced in FHS. Then one day, during a DOE hiring fair, I spotted Mark and Kristina, went to an interview, and now I'm a 9th grade ELA teacher at FHS. My advice to upcoming seniors; please do not give up, the journey may seem hard, and at often times impossible, but trust me, FHS has prepared you well enough to face and shatter those obstacles, so have faith.
FHS Alumni featured on The View!
We are proud to announce that FHS alum, Olivia McClendon, was featured on the tv show, The View. Interviewed by both Rosie Perez and Whoopie Goldberg, Olivia speaks of the profound impact The Urban Arts Partnership played in her life. Olivia was introduced to Urban Arts through FHS and continues to work with them as she pursues her dreams. As a graduate of Smith College, Olivia is an amazing representative of the enormous potential our FHS students possess.
Check out Olivia on The View.