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Mar Vista High School Welcomes New Teacher

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Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019 4:15 pm

There’s some new faces within the teaching staff at Mar Vista High School. This year, several new teachers were introduced, including Jose Arroyo. This is his first year at Mar Vista, and he has fit well into his new role, including supporting some Mar Vista clubs.

This is the 22 year old graduate from San Diego State University’s (SDSU) first year teaching. “I went to SDSU for four years for my undergrad in social science and then went back to SDSU for an extra year for my credential in social science and graduated in 2019,” said Arroyo. “I was student teaching that year and then got a job in August of 2019 at Mar Vista. I ended up at Mar Vista High when I was interviewed, and I loved the sense of community amongst the staff and the energy from the students.”

Interestingly enough, although he is a social science teacher, Arroyo originally wanted to be an accountant, but chose to follow his passion and teach students.“I went to college for a social science degree and I initially went to college to become an accountant. But after seeing all the math classes I said, no, thank you, and pursued my passion of learning to educate our youth.”

“I chose to become a teacher because my former AVID teacher motivated me to be the best version of myself and I believe that teachers should do that,” he said, “I want to motivate and advocate for my students to find a post secondary plan.”

His main aspiration is to help students succeed, and to help them have a plan for after high school, but in the day to day school day, he enjoys his job. “The students honestly bring so much energy and authenticity to class everyday and I love that because I can connect to them in their own unique way.”

As a teacher, Arroyo tries to empathize with his students, and makes his lessons relevant to them. “I approach my job from a student perspective and I plan lessons with their interests in mind. I believe teaching is about relationships and you do not have a classroom without strong teacher-student relationships. Everyday in my class I want my students to feel safe and comfortable enough to talk to me about academics/non academics to show them that I care about them and their well being.”

Students also appreciate this from him. Junior Isabella Barba said, “He’s super understanding and flexible with students. He also allows there to be fun in the classroom! Classes can get tiring or boring if it’s just quiet or lecturing. Overall, he’s just super understanding and involved with his students.”

Arroyo also seems to enjoy the company and help of his fellow teaching staff. He said, “The favorite thing at Mar Vista High would have to be the support from teachers and administration in allowing me to be the educator I am meant to be. I am blessed to have a great PLC partner in Ms.Finneran and she is able to help me plan amazing lessons for our freshmen.”

On top of teaching classes with students of different ages, those being geography and U.S. History classes, Arroyo also helps with the Key Club of the school, which promotes students to get involved with their community. “I think it is important to develop effective student leaders as well as educating our youth on how important community service and giving back to our community really is. The reason being is because it makes us better citizens but also can lead to a career pathway you might not have thought about.”

By the middle of December, Arroyo will have successfully completed his first semester teaching at Mar Vista High School. With a positive attitude from him, as well as from students, he will most definitely finish this semester, along with many others, very well.

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