She Grew Up GoodSep 06, 2020 02:00PM ● By Alexis Mason
The lyrics, “She grew up on the side of the road where church bells ring and strong love grows. She grew up good. She grew up slow like American honey," by the band Lady A resonate with me on a personal level. These lyrics make me feel connected to the younger version of myself that used to run around barefoot outside in a pair of purple overalls with her pigtails flying in the wind. As a child in Iredell County, I felt safe, I felt optimistic, I felt love, and I felt supported by the community that surrounded me.
My name is Alexis Mason. I was born in Statesville, North Carolina towards the tail end of the 1990’s to two amazing parents who I love dearly. As a child, I enjoyed playing outside with my Dad, digging around in the garden with my Grandfather, and annoying my little brother. I have vivid memories of myself sitting under the plum tree in my Grandparent’s front yard listening to the church bells ring at Fairview Baptist Church - Statesville, NC on Sunday afternoons. Although my family didn’t have much, we always managed to have fun. When I look back, all of my fondest memories were made in this town.
Statesville is the place I attended elementary school, middle school, and high school. It is the place where I played athletics and met many of my closest friends. I even met my fiance at school, which I would argue is the one of the best things the school system has ever given me. It is the place that molded me into the person that I am today. To say I am grateful for my hometown would be an understatement.
I attended college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. At UNCC, I graduated Magna Cumme Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Secondary Education. I lived on campus for one year, however I moved home after freshman year to commute in order to save money. For many college students, ending up back home after moving away sounds like a nightmare. While it has had its pros and cons, for me, it was a wise decision.
When I decided that I wanted to become a teacher, I knew that I wanted to start my career right here in Iredell County. I felt teaching was a good way to give back to a community that has given so much to me. Immediately after completing the education program at Charlotte, I was able to secure a job at South Iredell High School - Troutman , NC - Go Vikings! Navigating education during this moment in history is difficult, but I am proud of my cohorts for doing such an excellent job supporting students in our community.
A New Endeavor
This past summer, while looking for something to keep me busy, I heard about an opportunity at Spokeology - Statesville, NC, a full service marketing agency in Statesville, NC. The CEO, Cindy Sutton, shared a brilliant idea with me that she described as being her passion project of many years. That passion project was to develop a community calendar, business directory, and destination to share real stories about the people surrounding my home town. If you haven’t already gathered, I am very passionate about making our community a better place and supporting one another. I felt this project was one that I was led to through what seemed like divine intervention. Next thing I knew I was on board developing the written pieces you are reading right here on Connect Iredell.
Joining the Spokeology team wasn’t the only awesome thing that happened to me this past summer. I also got engaged to my fantastic boyfriend of 6 years who is my heart and soul. As one of the first members of my family to have a formal wedding, I had absolutely no idea where to even begin. Do you know any brides in Iredell that can relate? I am excited to announce a Connect Iredell original series called Down the Aisle in Iredell. In this series I will be sharing my wedding planning process with our readers, including local vendors, wedding dress shopping, local venues, and much more. Stay tuned for more here on iredellnc.com.
I would like take this opportunity to thank my Mother and Father for instilling in me that hard work and perseverance can solve almost any problem. I would like to thank my brother for always being there for me when I need him. I would like to thank my Grandparents for loving me and nurturing me. I would like to thank my teachers and coaches for pushing me to reach my potential. I would like to thank Cindy, for letting me help bring her dream to life. I would like to thank my fiance for his constant and unwavering support. Lastly, I would like to thank the people of Iredell County who work hard every single day to make a little dot on the map, home.