Victor Silva graduated the Cleveland High School Humanities Manganate in 2000. While at Cleveland, Mr. Silva competed on the speech and debate team where he was finalist at the California State Championship Tournament and was a part of Cleveland’s first National Speech School of Excellence Award winning team. After high school, Mr. Silva was recruited to go to Arizona State University where he earned his B.A. in Social Studies Education. During his time at ASU, Mr. Silva’s speech teams finished in the top four in the United States three times and Mr. Silva was the national runner up in Extemporaneous Speaking. After college, Mr. Silva coached and taught at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona for fifteen years where he was the Desert Vista Teacher of the Year in 2010 and the National Federation of High School’s Arizona Coach of the Year in 2018. At Desert Vista, he helped lead the speech and debate team to win ten team awards at the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament, including four top ten team finishes including winning the 2015 National Championship. Under his direction, students reached twenty four national final rounds in main events. In 2018 Mr. Silva made the decision to retire from speech and debate coaching and come back home to Core.
Cleveland is a very special place for Mr. Silva as it is the place where he developed into the student/person that he is today, honed his academic skills, and met his wife. During his free time, Mr. Silva enjoys spending time with his family and friends, attending Dodger games, and watching sporting events of all kinds. An avid soccer fan, Mr. Silva is a member of the American Outlaws a supporters group for the United States men’s and women’s national soccer teams.