Venola Mason
Senior Fellow, ICLE

Venola is driven by the belief that every student deserves a high-quality education that can afford them many opportunities to lead and contribute in the world as they transition to adulthood. She is passionate about working with school-based and district-level leaders to create practicable solutions to increase student achievement using data and support implementation efforts. Venola is highly proficient with technology and enjoys working with teachers to design instructional tasks that allow students to use technology to demonstrate learning.

Venola began her career in education as a Teach For America, Metro Atlanta corps member in 2003. She taught for five years in Atlanta Public Schools, leading her students to consistently make one to three years of academic growth across all content areas, closing the achievement gap.  She also served as a Site Manager for The New Teacher Project (TNTP), where she managed the Atlanta Content Seminar program, a professional development opportunity for K–12 teachers.  During her last year with TNTP, she served as a Central Site Manager to support the state approval process and launch of the Georgia Teaching Fellows program, an alternative teacher certification program.

In 2011, Venola served as the Director of Alternative Certification for Teach For America, Metro Atlanta. In this role, she created the Teacher Leadership Development Program, an alternative certification program for Teach For America corps members, and secured the program’s designation as an accredited teacher preparation program through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. In that same year, she joined the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) as a Consultant and supported school districts across the country in the areas of leadership, rigor and relevance, blended learning, and rigorous curriculum design. Most recently, she was named a Senior Fellow with ICLE. In this role, she will continue to support school districts in creating environments where ALL students strive and can be their best selves with a focus on equity and social-emotional learning.

Venola holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Technology and maintains her teacher and administrator credentials in the state of Georgia.

Venola is driven by the belief that every student deserves a high-quality education that can afford them many opportunities to lead and contribute in the world as they transition to adulthood. She is passionate about working with school-based and district-level leaders to create practicable solutions to increase student achievement using data and support implementation efforts. Venola is highly proficient with technology and enjoys working with teachers to design instructional tasks that allow students to use technology to demonstrate learning.

Venola began her career in education as a Teach For America, Metro Atlanta corps member in 2003. She taught for five years in Atlanta Public Schools, leading her students to consistently make one to three years of academic growth across all content areas, closing the achievement gap.  She also served as a Site Manager for The New Teacher Project (TNTP), where she managed the Atlanta Content Seminar program, a professional development opportunity for K–12 teachers.  During her last year with TNTP, she served as a Central Site Manager to support the state approval process and launch of the Georgia Teaching Fellows program, an alternative teacher certification program.

In 2011, Venola served as the Director of Alternative Certification for Teach For America, Metro Atlanta. In this role, she created the Teacher Leadership Development Program, an alternative certification program for Teach For America corps members, and secured the program’s designation as an accredited teacher preparation program through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. In that same year, she joined the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) as a Consultant and supported school districts across the country in the areas of leadership, rigor and relevance, blended learning, and rigorous curriculum design. Most recently, she was named a Senior Fellow with ICLE. In this role, she will continue to support school districts in creating environments where ALL students strive and can be their best selves with a focus on equity and social-emotional learning.

Venola holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Technology and maintains her teacher and administrator credentials in the state of Georgia.