Garvey’s Opportunity Academy

The Opportunity Academy at Garvey

Sana Yan

Staff reporter Sana Yan spoke to Mr. Valdez about his role as the Garvey Opportunity Academy teacher.

The Opportunity Academy helps students who are struggling with discipline and academics. Ninety percent of the recommendations for the program come directly from Mr. Alarcon, the principal of our school site. Mr. Valdez meets with the students in the OA three times a day: in the morning, at noon, and at the end of the day. Mr. Valdez mentors students in sports and physical education activities to deal with their anxieties in a positive manner. He has been teaching for 21 years and loves his role as a teacher. “I try to do everything I can to help my students and see that they become better adults,” said Mr. Valdez.