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Degrees and Certifications:

The University of Houston Bachelor of Arts (BA)Journalism Certifications: Certified Teacher, Certified Content: Journalism, Theater

Mr. Stephen U. Lassiter slassite@houstonisd.org

My father worked for the United States State Department, and I traveled all over the world,--Iran, Japan, Peru--settling in Houston when I was ten. My father met my mother in Ecuador while on assignment in South America. When we moved to Houston we lived in Pecan Park in Southeast Houston. I attended Southmayd Elementary, Deady Middle School, Milby High School, and the University of Houston. During college, I joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). When I graduated from UH with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Theater, I received a commission in the Army, Second Lieutenant, and after helicopter training, assigned to the First Cavalry Division (Airmobile). The division moved from Vietnam to Ft. Hood, TX in1971. Besides flying the UH-1B, Huey, I was assigned to the Division as Public Information Officer (PIO) where I was the spokesperson for the division. I also wrote daily articles about the division's training missions for the Fort Hood Sentinel newspaper and published many stories in military magazines such as Army Aviation and Army Magazine. After five years in the service, I was honorably discharged and I returned to Houston where I attended UH for graduate studies in Political Science. After school, I became a broadcast reporter for KBMT-TV, ABC affiliate in Beaumont, TX, later I joined Vance-Matthews Advertising Agency as Public Relations Director in Beaumont. In 1980, I joined the sales staff at Oil and Gas Journal in Houston; in 1986 moved to the Advanced Technology Group (ATG) in San Francisco, CA. In 1988, along with three others, I founded a national mail order catalog Selective Software in Santa Cruz, CA where I hired, trained and developed incoming call center personnel. In 1992, I moved to Chattanooga, TN where I owned and operated coffeehouses modeled after the ones in Santa Cruz. I sold my businesses and moved back to Houston in 2005 where my mother, brothers, and daughter live. As a retiree, I explored several opportunities deciding to teach at my old school Deady and Milby High School, first as a substitute, then as a fulltime broadcast journalism teacher. My students produced a 10-minute, "live" morning announcement on the school-wide Channel One Network, a television in every room. In 2014 I retired as a fulltime teacher and now teaching Journalism and Theater, parttime, at East Early, Monday-Friday, till noon.