Mason Prep School Faculty Member Named SCISA Master Teacher

The South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) has named Ms. Julia Royall a Master Teacher. The Master Teacher program recognizes teachers who exhibit best practices in the classroom and a willingness to share and collaborate with other educators. Master Teachers must inspire excellence in the classroom, among colleagues and, especially, among students. Ms. Royall joins seven Mason Prep teachers who have received this honor.

Ms. Royall teaches French to grades K-8. In addition to being a star in the classroom, Ms. Royall collaborates with teachers throughout the school to expose students to different languages and cultures. Working with Mason Prep teachers and the Charleston Battery, Ms. Royall hosted a “World Cup” soccer tournament at school. Leading up to the event, students learned about countries playing in the World Cup and practiced their French and Spanish by speaking about sports. Through a collaboration with World Wide Schools, Ms. Royall’s fifth grade French class was matched with a volunteer in the African country of Togo. This relationship sparked so much student interest that 5th grade students asked that their class Service Learning Project be to learn about, engage with, and raise funds to help students in Togo.

In his letter of recommendation for Ms. Royall, Mason Prep Head of School Erik Kreutner wrote, “Mme Royall has spearheaded a renaissance in French at Mason Prep, with nearly half of our third through eighth grade students registered in that language each year. Mme Royall is a dedicated, innovative, life-long learner who inspires her students to do their best and to perform at a very high level.”

Students echoed Mr. Kreutner’s words in recommendations submitted on Ms. Royall’s behalf. "Madame Royall has sparked a passion for French in me that I hope will last my entire life and encourage me to travel to France and continue speaking this beautiful language. By constantly encouraging and requiring French to be spoken, incorporating fun French activities, and sharing and teaching us with her complete knowledge of French, Madame Royall has prepared and excited me very much for higher level French,” wrote Mills Jordan, Class of 2017.

Mason Preparatory School is an independent school for grades K-8 located in downtown Charleston, SC. Mason Prep is committed to the education of the whole child in preparation for secondary education, to the development of the child into a productive citizen, and to the cultivation of respect, integrity, and personal responsibility.