Civil Servant of the Week: Stafford College and Career Center teacher Korya Carvin
The Stafford Municipal School District puts a great deal of emphasis on its College and Career Center at Stafford High.
Nearly all of the 1,000 students at the SHS campus participate in the program, so it’s no surprise that the district hires teachers with real world experience in their field of expertise. One of those teachers is Korya Carvin, a practicing attorney who owns an independent law firm.
Carvin, who previously worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, teaches three courses in the Center’s Law and Public Service Program. It’s been quite a transition from working in a courtroom four days per week and prosecuting up to 80 cases per day to instructing a group of eighth through 12th graders.
“I like it when the kids get excited about what I’m teaching,” said Carvin, who graduated from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 2003, and was admitted to the State Bar later that year.
Carvin teaches three courses – law enforcement; principles of law; and career and government and public administration, but her impact goes beyond the classroom. She started a “mock trial” team that competes against mock trial teams from other schools.
Carvin loves the idea of the College and Career Center, which puts SMSD ahead of the curve on House Bill 5, and puts students in a better position to succeed.
“It gives kids more options,” Carvin said. “It’s a great opportunity for students to think about what they may want to be when they grow up.”
Students can earn dual credit, through Houston Community College, in the law and public service program, as well as the culinary, welding and automotive programs. additional college and career programs include agriculture, food and natural resources; arts, audio/visual technology and communications; business management and administration; education and training; health science; culinary arts; information technology; manufacturing; marketing, sales and service; welding, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and transportation, distribution and logistics.