It's hard to believe that the summer is over and the halls will be filled with students in less than 48 hours. We look forward to seeing everyone shortly!
This year, we have several new initiatives. As many of you have heard, all of our MYP students will be equipped with a computer for use during the day and at home. Our one-to-one initiative is designed to support student learning both at school and at a home and offers a seamless integration with our Pearson curriculum. Please note that students will be required to pay an MYP technology fee, in order to take their computer home.
In addition, this year all students will participate in an enrichment block called A.C.E. (Academic and Character Enrichment). Each day students will engage in a community gathering with their homeroom teacher, which focuses on fostering community within the classroom. After the community gathering students will work on enrichment activities in a different subject each day of the week. The program is modeled after last year's weekly advisory program and has been modified to support enrichment on a daily basis.
We will be using this blog and website to post updates and keep parents informed of the latest news in MYP. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly.
Dr. Mason and Dr. Pullen
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!”