Alumnus Jordan Lass graduated in 2011 and went to Texas A&M University. While in high school Lass participated in NHS, Key Club, and played soccer.
What have you done after high school?
After high school I went to Texas A&M University, majoring in business,” Lass said. “After a year and a half, I decided business just wasn’t for me and switched over to education. I graduated after four and a half years with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education in December 2015. During my senior year at Texas A&M, I was invited to a special, 5th year graduate program in education where I would complete my master’s degree within one extra year… I took the offer. All throughout my time in college I worked at various places part time, but during graduate school I worked full-time as a reading interventionist at a low income school and went to graduate classes as night. Finally, in December 2016, I completed my M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction! I think getting my master’s and working full-time took a lot of hard work, discipline, and time-management skills on my part… but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I met my best friend that last year and got a lot of experience working in a low income elementary school. I came back to Mansfield looking for a teaching job in January of 2016, but there wasn’t really anything available. I applied for a few different tutoring, intervention, and smaller roles within schools… and got no reply! Eventually I got an interview at Glenn Harmon Elementary for a long-term substitute position in 1st grade. I was offered the job that day and took full control over a 1st grade classroom from February to June 2017 while the teacher was on maternity leave. In the summer, after the Glenn Harmon got a completely new administration and they finally settled in, I was offered a full-time teaching position for the 2017-2018 school year in 1st grade. So far I am loving teaching at a Title I school and all the experiences that this job brings! I enjoy giving back to the community I was raised in, and Mansfield ISD is sincerely one of the best.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I have always loved taking care of people, and one of my main goals in life was to grow up and be a mom,” Lass said. “I think my nurturing spirit led me to teaching, especially the younger ages. I love first grade because it is such an instrumental piece in every child’s education… you learn to read. This is truly the one grade where you are learning to read and not only reading to learn, which starts the very next year in second grade. I love watching the, ‘light bulb moments,’ occur when my students finally understand a tricky grammar rule, math problem, or science concept.”
What are your plans for the future?
“The most exciting news in the near future is that I am getting married in June 2018 to the love of my life, Will,” Lass said. “Besides living the married life, and eventually starting a family, I plan to teach as long as I can manage and then possibly moving on to use my master’s degree in another area of education. I have no idea what I want to do with that degree anytime soon, but I think that’s okay. It isn’t always imperative that you know what’s going to happen next, I learned that in college. Everything happens for a reason, and I am open to change as it occurs in my life.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Have fun and enjoy your time in high school, but study hard, because college is NOT always easy.” Lass said. “I think getting your study habits down in high school will be a complete game-changer for your college grades. Once you do get to college, stress too much about grades. I always had to remind myself that a test doesn’t define me as a person and almost everyone has a bad test or two, even if you excelled in high school.”