TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - We take you into a classroom where student's can let their creative side shine.
Kimberly Loyd teaches fashion design and merchandising at Flowing Wells High School. She says this high school has a big sense of community.
Loyd's students make up more than a classroom, they make up a family. That's why her students call her Mama Loyd.
"We grab the fabric. We do things,"junior Itzel Herrera said.
Spools of thread, pins and needles. It's time step into the fashion world when you head to Loyd's class.
"I'd say 95 percent of my students when they come in haven't sewn before, so it's a whole new experience for them," Loyd said.
Loyd shows teens what they can create with their own hands.
"It's very exciting to watch the students learn these skills and they're really good," Loyd said.
She also takes her class to fashion shows where they can meet fashion industry professionals.
From these experiences students like Itzel Herrera see their confidence grow.
"Mrs. Loyd has always taught me to do just whatever I think will turn out the best," Itzel said. "So, I think that's been something huge I've learned in this class."
That's something students need to keep in mind as they get ready for a big spring runway show.
"I still need to do some beading cause it needs to get glitzified," Itzel said.
"Then the fun part about it is the ruffles with the jacket, which was really hard to do," senior Carlos Osuna said.
This is the part Loyd says is a one-of-a-kind experience, watching her students realize their potential.
"Once they see their first garment walk down the runway then they realize, 'I can do this,'" Loyd said.
"She's building us for the real world. She teaches us the skills we need to go out there and face it no matter what and she's just amazing," Osuna said.
You can feel it, this isn't just a high school class, it's a family.
"She's different from all the teachers. She is more of a mother to us. So, she takes us under her wing," Osuna said.
"Her willingness to help is always so genuine and I think that's what sets her apart from everyone else," Itzel said.
Helping each one of her students become successful is the goal and Loyd couldn't be more proud of what she sees.
"I can not explain how proud I am. It's because I know the kids who struggled and I know the ones who have done really well," Loyd said with tears in her eyes. "They're my kids. I'm proud of them."
Loyd is also the advisor for The Family Career and Community Leaders of America, where student's can learn crucial leadership and communication skills to help them in their career paths.