Staff Blog

LaChandra Mason | Teacher

What drew you to Porter-Leath? 

What made me work at Porter-Leath is the mission, and the ability to work with the children.  I got a Bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Memphis, and I also have a degree in Sociology.  At Porter-Leath we deal with children that come from different socio-economic backgrounds.   So being here at Porter-Leath, it allows me not to just look at my one child in my one classroom, but to look at the child in my classroom and the child and their family and how they fit into our culture and our society - not just strengthening that child but strengthening our whole society. 

What’s the best part of being a Teacher at Porter-Leath? 

The best part of working at Porter-Leath are the children.  I love my children! 

What makes your classroom shine? 

I think the wow factor in our classroom that shines the most is the energy behind our children.  I think from the minute you walk in our classroom, the vibrant atmosphere behind our children, the tenacity behind their work.  We have a catch phrase in our classroom - my children say “ I did it because I can.”  And it’s because my teacher and I tell them you did it not because you did it, but you did it because you can.  You have the ability to do it, therefore you did it.

Why should someone be a Teacher at Porter-Leath? 

I think that people should look into being teachers at Porter-Leath because of the opportunity to work with the children.  Especially if they have a passion or a drive for working with families.  It gives you the opportunity not just only to work with children, but also to look into working with the needs of the total family. 

How have you been successful at Porter-Leath? 

I’ve been most successful with Porter-Leath.  I graduated from the University of Memphis in 2015.  I was hired with Porter-Leath in August.  I was promoted to Lead Teacher in May of 2015, so I think I’ve been most successful with my promotion in less than a year’s time. 

What does it take to succeed as a Teacher at Porter-Leath? 

To succeed as a Teacher at Porter-Leath, it takes passion, determination, drive, effort and a heart.  You have to be able to love.