October 29, 2020
L.I.F.E. Skills paraeducator Christopher Nunez returned to Cypress Springs High School to begin his career with aspirations to become an educator. Nunez graduated from Cypress Springs in 2018 and credits administrators and faculty in helping shape him and his goal to do the same for future students. (Photo by Alexis Gonzalez, Cypress Springs HS)
By Yadira Yanez, Cypress Springs HS
Oct. 29, 2020—A recent Cypress Springs High School graduate has returned to the campus to begin his professional career and give back to the community that helped shaped him. Christopher Nunez, who graduated from Cypress Springs in 2018, joined the campus staff this school year as a L.I.F.E. Skills paraeducator.
His path began with a positive relationship with Cypress Springs Assistant Principal Clay Smith, who took Nunez under his wing and helped him grow as a student. Nunez would end up being Smith’s bus helper.
After graduation, Nunez said he knew he wanted to give back to the Cypress Springs community.
“He always told me, about junior year, that he wanted to come back here,” Smith said of Nunez. “This has been like a dream come true for him.”
Known by the nickname “Cool Chris,” Nunez plays bass guitar in his spare time. He credits additional mentors in helping shape him and his aspirations to pursue a career in education. They include Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry, band directors Larry Brown, Blaine Locheed, and Kaylee Christensen and teachers Hailey Dool, Jena Parodi, Rachael Sanders, Daniel Robinson and Michael Damante.
“I would see all my great teachers I had throughout my school high school years always being willing to help me with any work during school, and after school as well,” Nunez said. “ Also when I needed someone to talk to, they were always there for me and seeing that motivates me to become a teacher one day, so that I can do the same thing as my teachers did and help other students with whatever they need, and be there for them through their good and bad days.”