Anne R. Hardin Mason has always been passionate about working with students, particularly enjoying one-on-one interactions. Her first teaching gig came while she was in college, when she was given the opportunity to teach algebra and geometry at an orthopedic hospital. Upon earning a Bachelor of Arts from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1954, she threw herself into the field and became known for decades of professional excellence.
From 1954 to 1955, Ms. Hardin Mason served as a teacher at North School in Gastonia, N.C. She transferred to the Hickory Public School System a year later, and remained there until her retirement in 1992. She is particularly proud of her tenure with the district, which included stints as a teacher at Oakwood School, College Park Junior High School, Southwest Elementary School, and College Park Middle School. Some of the highlights of Ms. Hardin Mason’s journey were teaching fifth grade in the best elementary school in the area and being asked by the principal to be part of a tutoring center he was going to start. She served as a private tutor for 12 years, and was frequently called by principals who had students who needed special help. Ms. Hardin Mason had many of those students become successes, which she considers to be the most rewarding aspect of her career.
To remain connected with her peers, Ms. Hardin Mason maintained affiliation with the National Education Association and the North Carolina Association of Educators. When she retired, she sought other ways to be involved in her community. She became a docent for the City Hickory Museum, the Harper House, and the Hickory Landmarks Society, and, from 1992 to 2003, she was the chief judge of the Board of Elections in Newton, N.C.
Ms. Hardin Mason’s hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed. She was honored with inclusion in numerous editions of Who’s Who of American Women, as well as in one edition of Who’s Who in the World.
When Ms. Hardin Mason has free time, she enjoys bridge and The Garden Club.