Influenced by his students, Victorio Salinas, a 10th-grade chemistry teacher, switched to Jimmy Carter Early College High School permanently after a year of working at two schools.

Mr. Salinas was born in Sullivan City. He has a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master’s of Education in special education.

“Teaching was my first choice as a kid, then I got to college and wanted to be a game warden,” Salinas said.

His first job was at HOPE Academy. Most places where he has worked are what some people may think of as “the troubled kid’s school.”

Salinas said that his deep passion for assisting students who have fewer privileges or encounter more significant challenges has been a part of his professional journey.

“I taught AVID for six years at both middle and high school levels,” Salinas said. “I enjoy helping students become better learners.”

Salinas’ dedicationis evident in taking on the challenge of working with two schools last year.

“It was difficult because I knew I couldn’t give my 100% to one,” Salinas admitted.

His commitment and unwillingness to give his full to his job contributed to his decision to become the official Chemistry teacher.

“I didn’t see me here; I saw myself in CCC,” Salinas said.

The students at Jimmy Carter and the school environment ultimately persuaded him to make the switch.

I am 16 years old and a junior at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. I love soccer and I am the biggest Cristiano Ronaldo fan.