Community Hero: Corey Mason, a Teacher Who Changed My Life

Jul. 18, 2013 / By

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On the outside, Corey Mason is a regular fellow with long thick hair, which he wears pulled back in a ponytail. His “uniform” almost always consists of some sort of inspirational t-shirt, with black pants and comfortable shoes. His braided goatee makes slight movements every time he speaks.

On the inside, he is a man of peace, virtue, and love.

Mr. Mason teaches Spanish 1, where he teaches his estudiantes to be bilingue. But he also finds time to teach a radio production class and manages keCg, a local radio station that broadcasts out of a studio at my school, El Cerrito High. He’s been teaching for 15 years.

When he’s not in the classroom, he hosts the famous WorldOne Festival, a world music and circus fest that takes place every Fourth of July in the El Cerrito. He believes in music, and feels it is what brings us all together. He tells us: “Music is magical.”

He did not start out as a teacher. After learning to speak Spanish as a 7th grader in New York, he went on to master the language. That skill led him to a number of different experiences: he became a flight attendant, worked as a surgical nurse in Guatemala, spent some time in Hollywood, and only eventually landed in his current place as an educator and radio host.

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