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Las Vegas teacher comes full circle on 9/11

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Reuben D'Silva at Rancho High School. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Reuben D'Silva at Rancho High School. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
D'Silva at a military hospital. (Reuben D'Silva) D'Silva at a military hospital. (Reuben D'Silva)
D'Silva with Marine buddies. (Reuben D'Silva) D'Silva with Marine buddies. (Reuben D'Silva)
Another shot from D'Silva's stint in the military. (Reuben D'Silva) Another shot from D'Silva's stint in the military. (Reuben D'Silva)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Reuben D'Silva is a world history teacher at Rancho High School. It's his first year teaching and on this year's anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks D'Silva was right where he was 12 years ago.

D'Silva was a student at Rancho on Sept. 11, 2001. Like most Americans, he remembers being confused at first and then later learning the magnitude of the situation.

D'Silva and his family immigrated to the USA from India when he was a toddler. After living in New York City for a few years they moved to Las Vegas, which became home.

He always wanted to serve his country, and witnessing the terror attacks helped that desire grow.

"It's given me so much, it's given my family so much. We owe everything to the United States of America," D'Silva said.

After high school he enrolled in CSN (then- CCSN) and became a Marine. He was deployed to Iraq during the surge era of the War on Terror in 2007.

A few months in he was shot by a sniper in the arm. He was in a military hospital for a year. His arm never fully recovered but D'Silva says he's one of the lucky ones.

He was awarded the Purple Heart for his sacrifice.

When D'Silva returned home he earned a degree at UNLV in American History. He couldn't find a job in CCSD right away and decided to go to graduate school.

He went to the University of Pennsylvania to learn about globalization and religion. After he earned that master's degree, he went to Yale to earn one more.

"I was able to study with some of the best. I had Tony Blair as a professor. I had Ryan Crocker, who I'm deeply influenced by. He was the ambassador to Syria and also the ambassador to Iraq, while I was in Iraq," D'Silva said.

D'Silva decided not to pursue a job with the United Nations or teach at one of the many private schools that courted him after he finished at Yale this spring. He wanted to come back to his home and teach students.

On the anniversary of Sept. 11, he spoke with his tenth graders about what happened. He also spoke with them about the crisis in Syria. He wants them to learn that world history is important and all of that history helps shape what is happening today.

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