Mount St. Mary’s Whitney Faires – Mom of the Month Presented by Dr. Carl Nyberg, Integris Family Care Southwest

By Derrick Smith

Whitney Faires wears a variety of hats at Mount Saint Mary’s Catholic High School. She serves as Vice Principal at the school and is also a member of the booster club, helping out with planning and getting together banquets, locker decorations, etc. But her most important role is being a mother to three MSM student-athletes.

“My oldest son Dylan is a 2017 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s,” she said. “He currently attends the University of Chicago, where he plays football and is working on a double major of Public Policy and Spanish. My second son, Dalton, is going to be a senior this year. He plays football and golf and he has made State in golf every year in high school. He was also Academic State Champion in golf as a freshman. My daughter, Drew, will be a junior this year. She plays varsity softball and golf, and is also a manager for the football team. She has made State in golf both years of varsity.”

As a high school student, Faires was also active in athletics. She is a 1990 graduate of U.S. Grant High School. She started playing softball as a kid and continued to play for Grant. She was also a varsity cheerleader and also involved in the dance program.

Faires is beginning her twentieth year as Vice Principal at Mount St. Mary’s. She and her husband, Darren, stay busy attending as many MSM events as possible, especially the ones their children are involved in.“I love watching them play and do what they love,” she said. “ I know that this period in their lives will be over before I know it, so I really try and make time to get to everything because I know I will miss it one day.”

The high school events are not the only ones that keep them on the move. With Dylan, playing football in Chicago, the Faires’ are collecting a lot of travel miles.

“We do not want to miss Dalton playing here,” She stated. “So this year, for the third year in a row, we will watch Dalton play on Friday night, then we will board an early morning flight to Chicago on Saturday morning to head up there and catch Dylan’s game for UC.  Because of that schedule, we have to miss several of Dylan’s away games, but luckily we are able to watch them online.”

While education is important, Faires says that athletics can play a big role in a student’s future as well. “As an educator, I have seen first-hand how important athletics are to kids in high school,” she said. “What I love about our school is we encourage our athletes to play more than one sport.  It is sad that so many kids are pigeon-holed into picking just one sport and focusing on that. Different sports teach you different things and work on different parts of your body and mind. And different coaches also influence you in different ways. We have amazing coaches so the fact that my kids are getting exposed to multiple coaching personalities, disciplines, life lessons, team bonding experiences is invaluable to me.  What my kids can learn on that field or in that locker room, or what they can learn about themselves on that golf course, will help build character and help shape them into better adults in the future.”

Faires is proud of the education that a student receives at Mount St. Mary’s, but she is also proud of the way the school and community supports their students.

“If you have ever come to see us at one of our Regional or State competitions, you know that we travel well and we bring the school spirit,” she said. “We let kids out and drive spirit buses for those that can’t drive themselves.  We also do a “send off” for any team or organization, like robotics or music/band, who is going to state or another big competition. It is great to cheer the kids on and recognize their accomplishments. It is not an easy task making it to Regionals and State in some sports, so the fact that we always try to honor those kids makes me very proud of our school.  The Mount is a place like no other. There is no other place I would have rather raised my family. Our school has provided opportunities for my children that they would not have had otherwise. There is no doubt in my mind that Dylan would not be at one of the top Universities in the nation playing football if not for the coaches and teachers he had at MSM.”