The Absolute Value of Mr. Alvarez

Andrew Rodriguez, Reporter/Photo Editor

Though a familiar face around campus, Mr. Eduardo (Eddie) Alvarez has only begun his first year of teaching this year at Selma High. Mr. Alvarez started his teaching career as Selma High’s AVID tutor in 2019. 

“An interesting fact about me is that I was the AVID tutor here for four years at Selma High, before I became a math teacher here” stated Mr. Alvarez.

It wasn’t until 2021 where an opportunity of a lifetime surfaced for Mr. Alvarez. He became an algebra teacher at Tulare Western and worked there for six weeks. In his time at Tulare, there was an opportunity for him to return to Selma High School to teach Integrated Math 1. 

“I was very excited to return to the school I graduated from and now having the opportunity to teach here is amazing!” exclaimed Mr. Alvarez.

When asked what the best part of his job is, Mr. Alvarez replied, 

“The best part of my job is building relationships with my students in the classroom and helping them understand math concepts. I like the fact that I am giving back to my community,” said Mr. Alvarez

“I not only like being involved in the classroom, but the campus culture as well.”

In his time at Selma High School, he has been a part of organizing dances, senior sunsets, senior sunrises. You can also see him at the majority of sporting events and extracurricular activities. 

“I try to get involved as much as I can to show my students that they can be involved in something as well,”expresses Alvarez.

Mr. Alvarez is really looking forward to all the positives (haha) this year.

“I’m looking forward to fully finishing my 1st year of teaching math and all the end of the year activities that we do at SHS, like prom and graduation,” describes Alvarez.

Mr. Alvarez tries to get involved as much as he can. Not only is he a math teacher here at Selma High, but this is his third year as a class advisor. Currently, he is the freshmen class advisor. 

Mr. Alvarez is also the freshmen club advisor woohoo! A piece of advice, at least get involved in a club or a sport at least once in high school. Mr. Alvarez is currently working on his master’s in teaching and will receive it in June.

“It comes down to being grateful for getting the opportunity to teach at SHS.”

Compared to his time being the AVID tutor during Covid, Mr. Alvarez says that he’s excited to teach normally again.

“I think that for math in particular, in person is very beneficial. In distance learning, it was hard to teach behind a screen.”

A piece of advice Mr. Alvarez has is to at least get involved in a club or a sport at least once in high school. Mr. Alvarez currently has a B.A in Liberal Studies and is working on his Master’s in teaching and will receive it in June. Mr. Alvarez loves F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Mexican Dance, and photography.