The Renaissance Charter School’s first valedictorian has returned to the fold as a social studies teacher.


José Mane, 34, was part of this Jackson Heights, Queens, school’s inaugural graduating class in 1999. Now that he’s teaching classes, Mane said there’s just as much focus on student success as when he was taking classes.


“There was something really special about what this school provided for me — it gave me direction and i...

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