Chris Loomis was nominated by an anonymous colleague.
Mr. Loomis has dedicated his life to students, serving them as a school counselor, coach, advisor, and ultimately, as the Student Activities Director. He has naturally grown into important leadership roles for students and faculty alike. No matter the role or situation, Mr. Loomis is a role model with high character and integrity. He is an advocate for students and an agent for change when it comes to equity and social justice.
As a counselor, Mr. Loomis provides his students with expertise for every possible situation and transition. He can seamlessly move from running a freshman seminar, to teaching a class on course selection with juniors, to holding a college planning session with a senior. No matter the grade or situation, Mr. Loomis is personally invested in the success of each and every student, often going above and beyond to support a student and family in need.
For many students and families, distance learning was difficult on many levels. A parent of three students at FHS reached out at the end of the school year, citing Mr. Loomis and his constant communication and support as the only reason that her children, who suffered social-emotionally and academically, made it through the end of the school year. This is just one example of his willingness to do everything in his power to help his students succeed.
Mr. Loomis is the faculty member who student-leaders turned to five years ago when a public incident brought race and equity to the forefront of the Farmington community. He provided these students with a mentor and a guide as they worked to educate their peers and give them a safe space to discuss these issues. The group developed the Social Justice Club, which has blossomed into a coalition of clubs dedicated to this important work. The clubs include the Asian American Club, Black Student Union, BRAVE, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Indian Student Union, Jewish Student Union, Mental Health Awareness, Multicultural Student Union, and the Muslim Student Union.
Under Mr. Loomis' guidance, this coalition plans and executes the most important event held at FHS: Social Justice Week. This event empowers student voice in an organic, genuine manner, featuring over twenty presentations made by FHS students to their peers. This year, presentation topics included, but were not limited to, White Privilege, Cultural Appropriation, Gender & Sexuality, and Social / Racial Misconceptions. Attendance has grown exponentially over the last four years, to the point where students and advisors from all over the state attend in hopes of creating something similar at their own schools. The impact this event has had on FHS and the greater community cannot be measured by attendance and other data measures. You can only find true change in the hearts and minds of the students.
As the newly appointed Student Activities Director during the 2019-2020 school year, Mr. Loomis' ability to be flexible and creative helped keep the community together during the year, especially during distance learning. After the announcement that school building would be closed, Mr. Loomis quickly assembled his student leadership groups and jumped into action, developing Spirit Weeks, social media challenges, and other forums and activities to unite the students and faculty members under the FHS mantra, One School, One Community, One Us. This connection carried the FHS community through an unprecedented time in education.
"Farmington Public Schools, and especially Farmington High School is extremely fortunate to have Chris Loomis as a counselor, Student Activities Director, and leader," said the nominator. "Chris has a positive impact on hundreds, if not thousands of students on a yearly basis. His work is meaningful and deeply impacts our students in ways that support and challenge them to be the change they want to see in our community and world. His work makes me feel confident in the leadership of our future generation. This year, Chris and the Social Justice Leadership Council have planned amazing things for Social Justice Week and beyond. Chris is empowering one student at a time and changing lives in an impactful and long-lasting way."