Dr. Cassandra (Sandy) Mason is an accomplished educator with over 35 years of experience, teaching in both Chicago and Denver public school systems. She has held numerous positions teaching K-12 students and mentoring and supporting teachers with professional development throughout her exemplary career as a teacher-leader. Dr. Mason was a previous Director of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program in Cherry Creek Schools for fourteen years and is currently an adjunct professor-mentor with the University of Northern Colorado – Denver Center for Urban Education where she instructs and supervises pre-service students aspiring to become teachers in the Center’s Urban Education program. Salute To Excellence, Edu. Center awarded Dr. Mason as the “Lifetime Educator of The Year (2020), exemplifying the highest standard of excellence in the field of education.