A new school year offers students and teachers a clean slate to build and grow a successful educational experience.

For Joshua Garrett, newly appointed freshmen honors English teacher at Horizon Community Learning Center, the new school year will give him a chance to begin his new career as an instructor at his old school.

Garrett attended Horizon during high school from 2006 to 2010, where he indulged himself with the multitude of extracurricular activities the school had to offer.

He was involved with the drama department, which at the time was fairly new at the school, student council and National Honors Society.

After graduating from Horizon, Garrett attended the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind., where he received a bachelor’s degree in theater studies with an emphasis in creative writing.

Garrett said teaching has always been a looming profession for him.

“It’s always been in the back of my mind for a very long time that that’s a possibility and a skill that I may want to utilize,” he said.

Garrett, 22, originally planned to attend graduate school for play writing, but wanted to take a few years off from schooling to join the workforce.

In March, he began searching for job opportunities that would relocate him back in the Phoenix area and found there were open positions at Horizon.

Garrett was interested in teaching at his old high school because of the uniqueness of education the school offers its students.

“I got in contact with administration and it all fell in place from there,” Garrett said. “The way the community functions, I think it fosters a community that is pretty broad, and I think they do a wonderful job promoting the arts. The programs have really grown, and I have fond memories of my time in the classroom.”

During his first year teaching at Horizon, Garrett plans to seek guidance from his old teachers, who are now his colleagues.

He spent two weeks at the school familiarizing himself with the school’s standards as well as building his curriculum for the year.

“I’m very lucky that there is a lot of help and mentorship in the school’s community,” Garrett said. “It’s going to be really intriguing to work with my former teachers, who I looked up to and got to know as a student, and now to be able to consider them as one of my colleagues.”

Classes start Monday, July 28, at Horizon.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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