Jaime Frear is a graduate of Mountain View High School, Class of 2013. She was a mom at 16, but Jamie didn’t let that stop her from finishing high school. Not only did she graduate, she was also the recipient of more than $23,000 in scholarships in the years following her graduation. These scholarships allowed her to pursue her post-secondary education at Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University. Jaime says that the scholarships enabled her to complete the majority of her Bachelor’s program without taking out any loans whatsoever. “This lifted a huge financial burden off my shoulders. I was able to focus on my daughter and my coursework, and concentrate on my dream of becoming a teacher.”
Through the years, Jaime has had to balance her little family, school, and work. This has certainly been a challenge, but Jaime will tell you that it’s been worth every minute. “Life is messy, it’s about learning to use a mop!” She now recalls the long nights and myriad of frustrations with fondness because they taught her so much about accomplishment and overcoming self-doubt. While the financial support was certainly an immense help, Jaime realized that the value the scholarships added to her life went far deeper than finances. “They also provided an intrinsic motivation throughout my college experience. They assured me I was capable of setting goals and applying myself to make them a reality.” She credits the support she received from Mountain View with reminding her that she was not alone on her journey. “When I struggled, I often remembered that others believed in me so I had to keep going, keep trying my hardest.”
Jaime earned her Master’s Degree from the College of Education and Human Development in December 2018 with a 3.9 GPA. Additionally, she has accomplished her goal of working for Fairfax County Public Schools and is currently teaching 4th grade at Mosby Woods Elementary School.
Federico Castillo Rivera
Federico Castillo Rivera won the Centerville Chantilly Rotary Club Scholarship in June 2017. Federico used his scholarship award to enroll in the NVCC Manassas Auto Program. He successfully finished his first semester and is continuing this summer with steering and suspension classes. He also just received his CDL license and is working for his father’s company as a driver until he finishes the Auto program. He wants to be a diesel mechanic for his Father’s company.
I have such wonderful memories of my days at Mountain View. It was the first time in my life that I felt understood and respected by my teachers. I was finally learning because I was being taught with passion and compassion. I loved Mountain View and Mountain View loved me. I even got to play guitar at my own graduation!
A few of my classmates and I were encouraged to apply for scholarships and although it was offered to me, I wanted my friends to have it. For a few of them, it would determine whether they would continue their education, and I had already chosen Shepherd University for my undergraduate studies in poetry and english.
But it was at Mountain View where I found my first piece of “free poetry” taped to the hallway wall. I eventually decided to turn my love of writing and music into a career. I am currently a self-employed guitar instructor, singer songwriter and performer. Mountain View recently re-opened it’s beautiful, old auditorium doors to me and my photographer to take professional photos for my brand new website!
I would not have my strong sense of self had it not been for the extraordinary administrators and teachers at Mountain View High School allowing me to be the one who defined that. I am forever grateful to them for this and so much more.
- Caitlin Schneiderman, Class of 2001
To My Angels,
Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. Your help has been invaluable to me and I don’t know how I would have managed without your help and support. I sincerely appreciate your generosity.
You have inspired me to work on my new projects and follow my dreams. I’d like to say to all my supporters, thanks for believing in me. And to all my doubters, thank you very much because you guys have also pushed me.
I have learned to put my heart, mind, and soul into even the smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
Thank you again for the opportunity to win a scholarship and further my education. I now want to study Child Psychology/Social Work. I am not worried anymore because I know I have the money to do it. I will eternally be thankful with God for putting you guys in my path. Being part of Mountain View has been a pleasure.
- Karla Bolanos, June, 2014
Abdul has been working overseas for the Department of Defense as a contractor supporting the US Military, NATO forces, and civilians for the past few years. He is currently in Qatar, but supporting Afghanistan and is the Information Assurance Security Officer for the entire country.
Previously, he was employed by a government contracting firm as a Senior Manager for their Intelligence, Civil, and National Security Programs. He was also responsible for several business development projects within the firm.
“After graduating from Mountain View High School in 1998, I studied at Northern Virginia Community College and received an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management. I transferred to George Mason University and pursued a Bachelors degree. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree from Strayer, Cum Laude, in Information Systems, Networking and subsequently a Master of Science Degree in Computer Security Management. I have been a member of two national honor societies, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and Alpha Sigma Premier National Honor Society. During the course of my studies, I made the Dean’s list numerous times.”
- Abdul Mirza, Class of 1998
A June 2007 graduate of Mountain View and recipient of the Centreville Community Foundation Scholarship through the Mountain View High School Foundation, Eric Schulte went on to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Eric also represented the Mountain View family and Rose-Hulman IT abroad when studying 11 months in Stuttgart, Germany his junior year.
Eric received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, with double minors in German and Computer Science, and a Technical Translator’s Certificate.
Reflecting on his time at Mountain View, Eric says “brings much emotion and joy. I enjoyed the tight-knit family feel of the school, and that was what drove me to attend a small, private, engineering school, Rose-Hulman.” Summing up his experience at Mountain View, Eric admits, is “a rather tall order. Perhaps one message that propelled me through my troubles in high school and beyond, to where I am today, is a W. Clement Stone quotation: ‘Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.' Knowing and trusting in yourself can help you conquer seemingly insurmountable goals.”
Eric is currently employment with Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas.
- Eric Schulte, Class of 2007
Daniel is currently working as a Multimedia Production Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools (the least likely place you would expect for me to work if you knew me prior to attending Mountain View). I earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Visual Communication, a Bachelors Degree of Visual Communication with a concentration in Digital Design, become a certified Personal Fitness Trainer, and am currently enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography’s distance learning program to become a certified Professional Photographer. By aggressively pursuing my education, I have also been able to open my own freelance businesses for graphic design and photography:
I am still located in Fairfax County for the time being. Mountain View taught me to value my education. Unlike traditional high schools, Mountain View gave up all of the overbearing restrictions and controls to give students the freedom and comfort to learn. Teachers were primarily focused on helping students become successful.
I also learned something about people. Well, I guess that is a little unfair…I learned something about human nature…Still pretty unfair…I learned something about the nature of some very rare and special people. There we go! After attending a traditional high school where the teachers seem to be cold towards most of their students, I found Mountain View to be an absolute shock. Teachers actively sought out a school in which they could change and enhance students’ lives. High school already seems to have been so long ago, but unlike students from a traditional high school, I take my high school experience with me where ever I go and keep it close to my heart.
- Daniel Winters
Congratulations to Christopher Thuot (Mountain View Class of 2009), a United States Marine, who grew up in Virginia Run in Centreville, VA and was recently selected as the Marine of the Quarter for Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 22, located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Lance Corporal Thuot, a MV-22 Osprey Airframes Mechanic, was nominated for this honor due to his superior job proficiency, work ethic, maturity, and sustained performance. He competed in a competition against several of his peers and was evaluated on his basic military subject knowledge, personal appearance, and military presence. As a result of his selection, Lance Corporal Thuot will receive a Certificate of Commendation from the Commanding Officer, a Certificate of Achievement from the Noncommissioned Officers Association and Marine Corps Association as well as a book, commemorative plaque, and a 72 hour pass. Lance Corporal Thuot is the son of Pierre and Cheryl Thuot and the brother of Danielle Thuot.