Meet Mr. Vassor, teacher of the year

Teachers are the backbone of Grace Emmanuel School. Among the most beloved teachers on our campus is Mr. Vassor, who teaches earth and life science to the senior class on Mondays and Fridays.

In December, Wilfrid was honored as Grace Emmanuel School’s Teacher of the Year. Take a few minutes to get to know this dedicated educator.

Where did you grow up? What was it like?

I grew up in Port-de-Paix (along the northern coast of Haiti). I was lucky to be able to grow up with my family—my mom and dad, sister, and 3 brothers. We had a good relationship.

Tell us about your family now.

I’m married, and I have a beautiful daughter who is 3 years old. She is in first kindergarten.

When did you begin working at Grace Emmanuel School, and what do you teach?

I’ve been working at GES for 3 years, but I’ve been teaching for 15 years. I teach earth & life sciences to the senior class.

Tell us about your faith.

I’m a Christian! I was in 6th grade when I accepted Jesus. There was a conference at my school, and they were talking about Jesus. That day I decided to make the decision.

How does your faith in Christ impact your work?

Just like the Bible says, while we are here, we live by faith. (Romans 1:17) I demonstrate my faith every time I enter a classroom. I always pray and I receive the wisdom God gives me. Every day goes well. 

What is the most difficult thing about your work? Have you ever wanted to quit teaching?

Thanks to God, I don’t often encounter difficult times in my work where I don’t have support. I’ve never been eager to quit education because I love teaching very much. Sometimes I can get discouraged with a school, but I never want to give education up.

You received the award for teacher of the year. What did that mean to you?

When I received the award, I was so happy. I had to make an effort not to cry. In all the time I’ve been teaching, this is the first time I’ve received such a compliment. That shows me the way that Grace Emmanuel School appreciates teachers that make an effort.

What would you consider your biggest accomplishment in life?

For me, the biggest thing I’ve accomplished is making my parents proud. I’ve taken the path that they showed me. That’s the most beautiful thing for them.

Is there someone who has most influenced the person you’ve become?

I have one person that is very important and special to me, that always gives me advice and is my role model. His name is Alfred, and he’s my dad! He’s not just my dad, but he’s also my best friend. I really appreciate the courage he has faced life with so that he could take care of his family.

Do you have a favorite verse of the Bible?

My favorite verse is 2 Timothy 2:4, “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

How can we pray for you?

Help me pray for my spiritual life, for my family, for the work I do, and pray for Haiti, please. We need stability in the country.

Wendy Pierre began working for JiHM in 2019 as the sponsorship assistant. She currently serves as a liaison for the students of Grace Emmanuel School and assists with communications. Wendy lives in Minotrie with her mom, brother, and sister.