Greetings Mason Community,
Thank you all for the warm welcome during the transition from Mr. Jones’s leadership to my first official day at Mason. During these last two months, I have had the pleasure of meeting many members of the Mason community at All Pro Dads, Lion Stomp, and Trunk or Treat. I’ve also enjoyed getting to know many of the PTA volunteers and the local school council board.
While December brings in new leadership at the school, it is my goal to continue the work that the amazing staff and families have done at Mason for the past 26 years in educating our Mason Lions in a manner that prepares them for success in college and careers after graduating from high school. We take our charge of preparing the next generation for their future very seriously and that responsibility is one of the key reasons we continue to embed STEM learning in our day-to-day instruction here at Mason.
For those that I have not had the opportunity to meet, here is a little bit of my background and why I wanted to continue my career at Mason. I have had the pleasure of teaching and leading in the Peachtree Ridge cluster for the last 16 years. I began as a teacher at Hull in 2008 and had the pleasure of opening Northbrook in 2014 before being an A.P. at Jackson starting in 2015. I was born and raised in Duluth and am a product of B.B. Harris, Duluth Middle, and Duluth High Schools. The house I grew up in is in the Mason zone and I have had many Saturday afternoons playing and umpiring baseball games over at Bunten Rd. Park. I come from a family of educators. My mom taught in GCPS for 35 years, the last 14 at Hull Middle School. My brother is a high school teacher and my wife, Beth, is an assistant principal in the Parkview cluster after teaching in Sugar Hill for the prior 18 years. Beth and I are high school sweethearts and just celebrated 20 years of marriage this past July. We have two beautiful girls, Ella (14) and Ryleigh (11) who keep us busy with their dance schedule.
Please stay tuned for a Coffee and Connection opportunity in January that we’ll host in our media center. This will be an opportunity to provide our Mason Family a chance to get to know me and for me to continue to learn about each family here at Mason. For those of you that are new and ready to connect with parents, please visit the PTA page on the school’s website. We have lots of opportunities for you to support. Here is the link… http://masonpta.weebly.com/
We had a great turn out at Kindergarten Holiday Luncheons in November, and we are excited to continue the luncheons for grades 2 and 3 in January. The luncheon for grades 4 and 5 will be in February. Please be on the lookout for more information as we get closer to these events.
Thank you all for your warm welcome to Mason. The staff at Mason is second to none and we will continue the great work that you have all come to expect in educating your children each day. The success of each child truly takes a village and I know that in deepening the partnership between home and school, we will continue to challenge our students to be successful at school by reaching their potential each day. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please call or come see me at the school.
I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season.
Ryan M. Wilson
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