First comes love, then comes marriage

Teachers share what it’s like to be married at school

Science teacher Mr. Lazlo Vass has been married to math teacher Mrs. Melissa Vass for over 25 years. We sat down with both of them to find out what it’s like to share a work space with your significant other.

Melissa Vass

Q: How long have you been married?
A: This year, it’ll be 25 years.

Q: Is it difficult to be around each other all the time and still maintain a healthy relationship?
A: It’s not difficult to be around each other.

Q: How do you overcome the hardships you two face?
A: We always sit down and talk it out. If we have a disagreement, we always sit and look at it from both sides.

Q: What’s it like working together?
A: We really try not to see each other during the day, so we don’t get distracted. We try not to spend too much time at school together, so that we have something to talk about whenever we get home. We try to avoid each other at school.

Q: What did you look for in a partner?
A: I wanted somebody who was fun and liked the same things I liked. Mr. Vass and I both like to go to the movies and plays. We also like the same kind of books. Those are the two main things.”

Q: What’s your favorite thing about Mr. Vass?
A: My favorite thing is his sense of humor. He’s a pretty funny guy.

Q: What do you two do on a day off?
A: We go to a museum or a movie. We also like to go out to breakfast.


Lazlo Vass

Q: How did you two meet?
A: We were friends in high school. We didn’t date in high school, though. I knew Mrs. Vass’ brother. We were friends. We each graduated and went off to college, and after I came back to Colorado from New York that’s when we started dating.

Q: What were you looking for in a partner?
A: I was looking for somebody who was honest, someone who was self-confident, kind, and someone who had the same interests as I do.

Q: What are your favorite qualities in Mrs. Vass?
A: She’s a really kind person and really thinks about others. She’s honest and always lets you know where she’s coming from. She’s also very curious, just like I am. We both like a lot of different things and like exploring.

Q: What is your most memorable moment with Mrs. Vass?
A: We took a 10 country tour in Europe the second year we were married, and that was a great trip. Norway, Hungary, and Germany. It was probably our biggest trip before our son came along.

Q: Is it difficult not seeing Mrs. Vass throughout school?
A: No, we have a professional agreement that we try not to see each other during the day so that we have something to talk about afterwards. I think that’s important for some people.