Program Director

Edmund V. Fontaine

Edmund (Eddie) Fontaine developed the project SPIRIT program in conjunction with the Edmond Juvenile Bureau in 2002. Originally designed as a ropes course experience. The program captures the active learning principal of experiential education in order to facilitate learning around real life issues.

Tell me and I will forget.
Show me and I may remember.
Involve me and I will understand.
~Chinese Proverb

Experiential education is a philosophy in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities.

Project S.P.I.R.I.T. seeks to trigger the following core principals, and many others, in some way.


    The principles of experiential education:

  • Experiential learning occurs when carefully chosen experiences are supported by reflection, critical analysis and synthesis.

  • Experiences are structured to require the learner to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for results.

  • Throughout the experiential learning process, the learner is actively engaged in posing questions, investigating, experimenting, being curious, solving problems, assuming responsibility, being creative, and constructing meaning.

  • Learners are engaged intellectually, emotionally, socially, soulfully and/or physically. This involvement produces a perception that the learning task is authentic.

  • The results of the learning are personal and form the basis for future experience and learning.

  • Relationships are developed and nurtured: learner to self, learner to others and learner to the world at large.

  • The educator and learner may experience success, failure, adventure, risk-taking and uncertainty, because the outcomes of experience cannot totally be predicted.

  • Opportunities are nurtured for learners and educators to explore and examine their own values.

  • The educator's primary roles include setting suitable experiences, posing problems, setting boundaries, supporting learners, insuring physical and emotional safety, and facilitating the learning process.

  • The educator recognizes and encourages spontaneous opportunities for learning.

  • The design of the learning experience includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes and successes.

Eddie brings a wealth of life experience to this program; he is the youngest of eight siblings born to a Caribbean family who reside in London, England. With his early interest and ability in basketball, he was able to see much of Europe, and finally ended up attending Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Oklahoma on a basketball scholarship.

Since that time he has secured two graduate degrees in Education. He has pursued a career in education starting as a counselor and proceeding to his current position as an assistant principal for Mid-Del Public School. He has held teaching posts at Oklahoma Christian University, The University of Central Oklahoma, with Oklahoma City Public Schools, Western Heights Public Schools and now Mid-Del Public Schools. Over the past 14 years Eddie has developed and facilitated experiential education programs for the City of Edmond, Oklahoma City and now Midwest City Juvenile Bureau.

Even though he tries to go home to London as much as possible, he has made Oklahoma his home for over 25 years with his wife Sonya and his 3 now adult children.

address: 3500 S. Boulevard, Bldg B, Suite 12B,
Edmond, OK 73013
phone: 405-315-0023

website: http//fontaineCounseling/projectspirit/