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EHS grad soars to success

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  The next time you fly the friendly skies, your flight may be piloted by someone you know. Everett resident Jordan Goudreau fulfilled his dream of becoming an airline pilot at Envoy Air, a subsidiary of American Airlines.

  “It’s the best job in the world and the best thing is it doesn’t ever feel like work,” Goudreau said. “I love working for an amazing company that always puts safety first.”

  The 2012 Everett High School graduate said the city has contributed to his success. “Everyone always felt like family,” Goudreau said. “Everyone in Everett always supports everyone and is always there for you.”

  Goudreau said he knew from the age of 10 that he wanted to be a pilot, so he knew that he had to get good grades in order to get into the college of his dreams for flying – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

  He commented about why he loves the craft. “My favorite part of my job is flying; as soon as the cockpit door is closed and you take-off, everything in life you forget about,” Goudreau said. “Landing is definitely the fun part of the job.”

  One of the challenges he faces is flying in inclement weather when the work level goes up significantly.

  All of his high school teachers had an amazing influence and have followed him throughout his college career. Teachers Andrea Tringali, Sarah Simmons and Keith Spencer stand out. Goudreau had great support from teachers in the Everett Public Schools, who encouraged him to go after his dream job. He spoke at the high school approximately four years ago to students.

  His mother, Danielle, who works at Mastrocola Insurance, took him as a child to Constitution Beach in East Boston often to watch the airplanes take off and land. His grandmother, Lorrie, was his copilot when he was 10 on his first flight on a small plane.

  “He is always willing to give a helping hand to anyone who needs it,” Danielle Goudreau said.

  He still remains in touch with many of his Everett teachers and is proud to be from Everett. He stays in contact with Simmons, his eighth grade teacher at the Keverian School. He struggled in school up until the eighth grade. However, Simmons pushed him to work harder. “Jordan was always a really dedicated student,” Simmons said. “He worked really hard in all of his classes, and he has such a big personality that he is a very memorable student.”

  She remembered talking with Goudreau about schools and how he was initially worried about being able to get into Embry-Riddle. However, she encouraged him to keep up his great school work, to keep doing his extracurriculars and to apply regardless. “I always tell students that the worst a school can do is say no,” Simmons said. “When Jordan got into Embry-Riddle, I didn’t think I could be more proud.”

  Fortunately, she is lucky to still have a connection with Jordan and she can say that she is continually proud of him and his accomplishments. “He truly is living his dream, and it is beautiful to watch,” Simmons said.

  Looking ahead, Goudreau plans on staying at Envoy and eventually becoming a check airman for the company, which will allow him to train new pilots on the airplane. “Ideally I would love to fly the 777 and do the Boston to Paris flight, which I believe will be the highlight of my career,” Goudreau said.

Everett High School alum Jordan Goudreau talked about how the city prepared him for a career in aviation. (Photos Courtesy of Jordan Goudreau)
Jordan Goudreau is pictured with his proud mom, Danielle.

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