Jared Landin

Jared LandinJared Landin feels best when he hears that students who he helped passed the exam or got an A on their paper.

Landin works as instructional associate in South Campus’ writing center. He started working at TCC in August 2011, and he loves the job.

“It is really great being able to help the students get through their assignment,” Landin said.

He is from Rockwall and graduated with a master’s degree from the University of North Texas with English. He became delighted with writing after he was inspired by a teacher.

Helping the ESL student is always challenging.

“It is the most difficult part finding a way to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak English very fluently and finding a common link where we can understand each other and start to build their language,” he said.

But he loves to help them, and he helps more than 20 students a day. Landin was raised by his mother after his parents split when he was five.

“We thought that we might not have a place to live,” Landin said.

His childhood life became consistent when his mother got a steady job in Rockwall. Now, he has a stable life and has been married for three years.

— Chan Mon


Shavonne Hamilton

Shavonne Hamilton

Shavonne Hamilton is a teenage girl who is trying to live on her own and studying at TCC in her second semester.

“It probably is staying dedicated to being in school because sometimes I really don’t want to get up to go to school,” Hamilton said. “Other days, I really want to skip but still staying dedicated because I spent money on this.”

She really wants to make the most of her life with school, and she believes that education is important to her life.

Currently, she is still living with her parents who are inspiring her, and she is working at a daycare job.

“I teach kids, and I learn from them,” she said.

She loves to work with babies and has a flexible schedule from her manager to take classes at TCC.

She hasn’t decided which career she is going to choose but plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington.

— Chan Mon

Lynda de los Santos

Lynda de los Santos

Librarian Lynda de los Santos spent most of her life in a library and working with a library for 11 years at TCC and five years in the Fort Worth library.

She helps students every day with the information they need for their classes.

Sometimes, it makes her job difficult when a student is not clear what an instructor wanted for an assignment.

“It is hard for us to turn them to the right source that is appropriate for the assignment,” she said.

But de los Santos loves the job, even though she sometimes has to clean trash left by the students.

She graduated with a master’s degree in American history and library information science.

She and her team is helping hundreds of student a day, and she is also helping people outside the school.

“I love to help people,” said de los Santos who is also packing meals for donation.

The meal package is for six people to eat a day, and it is for the Kids Against Hunger organization which helps poor people around the world.

— Chan Mon

Matthew Kohrs

StageBalancing work and school, NE student Matthew Kohrs finds a way to manage his time so that the pressure of college does not overwhelm him.

“Pre-planning has a lot to do with work and school, so I look at my day 24 hours a day,” Kohrs said.

He said sleep becomes an issue, but the rest he gets during days off comes in handy.

“While working on campus, I get time when I am able to get a lot of homework done.  Plus, I get to work with students and get to know them,” he said.

Not only has Kohrs made time to finish his homework and to arrive at work in time, he finds a bright spot in it all.

“Anything is possible. I have moved 12 times this year,” he said. When asked why Kohrs said simply, “life.”

“I would say school is really important,” he said. “This is the first time in my life that I can pursue further with my education and happiness.”

— Anderson Colemon

Janjura Williams

StageJanjura Williams has worked for TCC for three years now, and she absolutely loves her job.

Williams said the best part of her job is engaging with students whether it’s signing something or brightening up their day.

“TCC is one of the best jobs I’ve had in my life,” she said. “I’ve had many, but I like TCC because of the students. It’s always a different face.”

Williams said  TCC makes her happy to come to work everyday.

“I’m in a good place in my life right now, and TCC is a part of that,” she said. “Of course, there’s benefits you get two weeks off for winter vacation and I love the atmosphere I work in.I have a blessed life and I’m in a good place.I have a blessed life and I’m in a good place.”

— Anderson Colemon

Sergei Lay

Sergei LayFirst-year student Sergei Lay looks forward to the day he can finish college. Right now, he looks toward the future for comfort.

He currently works to make a living as a college student, but the future after college includes joining the Navy.

Lay said he hopes the Navy covers him academically so that after serving he can return to complete school.

“I hope to get my auto mechanics degree as well so that I can work on cars and have a background on it so that when I get out of the military, I can have a good job and a nice pay,” he said.

But Lay has his doubts about passing the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery test taken by people entering the military, he said. And if that doesn’t work out for him, he will stay on his plan involving auto mechanics.

“After college, whether it is three or four years, after getting my degree in auto mechanics, I will go back and get a business degree on top of my auto mechanics so I can have my own shop,” he said.

— Anderson Colemon

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