He thought he wanted to be a sports reporter when he grew up. But when he started working as a summer camp counselor during college, Dr. Donald Mason discovered how much he enjoyed working with kids. Those summers at camp sparked his interest and a future career in education.
Mason got his start as a paraprofessional and continued to grow and advance as an educator. He taught high school Language Arts and eventually became an Assistant Principal in DeKalb County. He then grew into the Principal role. Last year, he took on leadership for Wesley’s MYP program.
“I was interested in the charter model,” says Mason. “And I believe Wesley offers an incredible opportunity for students to learn Mandarin in a globally-minded, IB school environment.”
Mason has demonstrated his own love of learning and teaching as he pursued his education at the doctorate level at the University of Alabama. He currently teaches in the educational leadership program at the University of Georgia.
When he’s not in a school, Mason says he enjoys watching sports. He’s an avid Atlanta fan at the pro level and cheers for the University of North Carolina in collegiate sports. He also enjoyed cycling and walking.
We’re so glad to have Dr. Mason on our leadership team, and we admire his commitment and admiration of our MYP students. “Middle schoolers keep you on your toes,” Mason says. “You never know what you’re going to encounter, and I like that!”