SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Jordan Tessarolo

Mr. Jordan Tessarolo is one of the new faces we are proud to welcome to SMUS. Originally from Abbotsford, Mr. Tessarolo came to Vancouver Island after high school to study biochemistry at the University of Victoria. It wasn’t until he was completing his master’s degree at Simon Fraser University that he decided to become a teacher. He returned to UVic and completed the PDP (teaching) program in December. He will be teaching math at the Senior School this year.

Let’s get to know Mr. Tessarolo better:

What was your favourite subject in school?
I didn’t have a favourite. I was one of those kids that liked going to school and liked all my classes.

What was your first job?
I worked at a brick manufacturing plant. One of my many jobs there was taking a large block, putting it in a hydraulic press and breaking it in half. It was long hours of repetitive assembly line work, but it was a good high school job.

What do you do on a day off?
This summer I’ve been playing a lot of golf. I also like playing bridge, and my wife and I like to go for hikes.

What did you do right after high school?
I went straight to university. I knew if I didn’t go right away I might get caught up in something else, and it was important for me to get a university degree.

Why did you want to be a teacher?
It wasn’t something I ever thought about as a career until I was doing my masters. I was a teaching assistant (TA) at university, and I found that I was enjoying TAing much more than I was liking my own research.

What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?
A police officer. My dad was a police officer, and my grandfather and great-grandfather were police officers.

When have you felt your biggest adrenaline rush?
Playing ultimate frisbee. There’s a professional North American league for frisbee that I was playing on in Vancouver for the last three years. We made it to the finals a couple years ago and were flown to Philadelphia and played in a big, beautiful stadium. We didn’t win, but it was pretty exciting!

What was the first concert you went to?
Oasis.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?
I tore my ACL last year playing a recreational ultimate frisbee game. I still haven’t gone back or played any pivoting sports yet. It’s been quite challenging to get back to where I want it to be.

What movie have you watched the most?
Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore. If either of them are on TV, I’m watching it.

What has been your most memorable teaching moment?
I was coaching volleyball at a high school when I was doing my placement. It was a brand new team with a lot of room for improvement. But it was so amazing to see how much they improved throughout the season.

Have you ever won anything?
My team won the Canadian Ultimate Championships in 2012. And I’ve won some small bridge tournaments, but nothing major – yet!

What was your favourite field trip as a kid in school?
We went to UBC and went to a microbiology lab. It was right up my alley as I was starting to get into that. That field trip solidified my plan to continue on that path.

What are you currently reading?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’m just getting into it. It’s interesting because it’s written like a script and it’s a little weird reading in that style.

What’s the best part of your job?
The variety in the day. Even if the content is the same, you’re still working with a different group of kids who have different needs, and trying to reach and connect with them is always different.

What’s your favourite meal?
Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.

What do you love about living on Vancouver Island?
I love that Victoria is a big city, but it has a small-town feel.

What was your favourite childhood Halloween costume?
I went as Austin Powers and my brother went as Dr. Evil.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I’d love to speak every language.

If you didn’t have to work, what would you do?
My wife and I are expecting and her due date is next week, so I’d probably be looking after our newborn. And I’d also be playing lots of cards and playing guitar and piano.

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Kyle Slavin is the school's storyteller. Through words and photos, he shares with the community all the amazing things that happen on campus.

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