The 2016 - 2017 school year at UC High School marks Mr. McAvoy's fifth year at the school. Previously, he taught for six years at San Diego High.
Originally from Sonoma County, Mr. McAvoy attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he majored in film studies with a minor in English. His favorite English class as an undergrad was Enda Duffy's Irish Literature class. As a junior, Mr. McAvoy made a boxing documentary in Dana Driskel's Film 108 class that eventually showed at The Reel Loud Film Festival. In his first education class at UCSB, Mr. McAvoy and four others earned distinction by the professor as the"model group" for their display of exemplary diligence and results.
McAvoy worked in the private sector for several years,including in television as a production assistant for A. Smith and Company, but eventually he decided to resume a pursuit of education as a career path.
He then earned his single subject credential in English from San Diego State University, where he graduated with honors.
He is currently working on his Master's in English through summer coursesat National University, with his most recent courses being: The English Romantics, Composition Pedagogy, and Genre Studies: Edgar Allan Poe, and Genre Studies: Anne Radcliffe.