Mr. Fontaine is a native to northern Virginia, having attended James Madison High School in Vienna. After graduating from there, he attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and completed a degree in Education, specializing in the sciences, particularly physics and astronomy.
After graduating, Mr. Fontaine moved back to Virginia, and taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grades in Fairfax County for eight years. During this time, he also returned to school to complete a Masters Degree at George Mason University in Teaching, which he completed in 2000.
At that time, he moved to Loudoun County and accepted a teaching position teaching sixth and seventh grades at Harper Park Middle in Leesburg.
In 2002, he changed directions in his career and left the teaching profession to build custom homes and work in real estate. In time though, he returned to his passion, teaching.
He returned to Fairfax County Public Schools for a short time as a third grade teacher. This short experience in an elementary classroom turned out to be one of the most rewarding of his career. He had only one goal in mind though, to return to his home—teaching science in Loudoun County Public Schools.
Mr. Fontaine was hired back to LCPS to teach 6th grade science at River Bend Middle School in Sterling. In June of 2005, he moved to Mercer Middle School to teach 6th grade math and science. While at Mercer, he has headed up the Astronomy Club, Engineering Club, Invention Convention, and the Mercer Smiles Program to support Smile Train, an organization that offers cleft lip and palate surgery to children in need around the world.