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Mario Pearson (FL '99)

Director of Music, Liturgy, Principal Organist

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Kansas City, MO

At the time of the Award, Mario Pearson was:

Mainland High School
Daytona Beach, FL

Subject(s) taught: Music
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12


Biographical Information

Growing up in segregated South Africa, music teacher Mario Pearson relied on education, determination and a passion for music to help him rise above apartheid. When he later became an elementary school music teacher, Mr. Pearson developed a theatre arts program using full-scale Broadway musical productions to inspire academically underperforming students to work harder and improve their self-esteem. The success of the program led to increased enrollment in the school and encouraged the accreditation committee to explore the concept of a magnet school for the creative arts. Now, as music teacher at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Mr. Pearson continues to inspire students to improve themselves and the world around them through music and the arts.

Mario Pearson In The News

‘God Has a Very Strange Sense of Humor.’ Baroque Program Highlights Musician’s Skills
The Kansas City Star  |  Nov 09, 2019  |  Kansas City, MO

Additional Information


2003 Lacrosse University, Ph. D.

2000 Southeastern University, M.S.

1988 Fairmont State College, B.A.