Former student returns to Valley High School to teach

LAS VEGAS - The first day of school has special meaning for one new teacher, nearly 10 years after his graduation. Jaime Alvarez is teaching at the same high school he attended.

He was a substitute teacher for six years before taking the reins for his new class at Valley High School and this new full-time teacher has a lot of experience at his school.

"When I came back I was really hoping that the culture would still be here and it is," Alvarez said.

For Alvarez, the first day of class as a world history teacher at Valley High School is more of a homecoming.

"It's a different generation, but it's the same types of students and I feel like I can do the best teaching my own kids because this where I was at and I feel like I can pass on to them what I learned here," he said.

Alvarez isn't just a Valley High School teacher, he's a former Valley High School student. His passion for history, documentaries and culture is evident in his classroom.

Glass cases filled with historical artifacts bring history to life for his new students.

"I think it's important for students to see items first hand, not just talk abut or see pictures of them in the book. I think I have something from each time period that I teach," Alvarez said.

Since he's been in the school, in these classrooms, and in their shoes, Alvarez says he can connect to the students in another way. 

"We try to prepare them for life and that's what I try to do best -- is to do both. Not just always content. Our main goal is to make them productive members of society and that's what you can do while you're teaching," he said.

And it's not just history, Alvarez also has a passion for sports. He doubles as the school's soccer coach.

 


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