Education Policy in Iowa - Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America, Fall 2017 Series
Kingsley BotchwayDirector of Equity and Engagement, Iowa City Community School District
Mary MascherIowa House of Representatives, District 86
Mary Mascher is serving her 10th term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She is an Assistant Minority Leader. She also serves on the Administration and Rules, Education, Labor, International Relations and State Government committees.
Mary graduated from the University of Iowa in 1972 and, has since earned a master’s degree in counseling education from the University of Iowa and worked as a counselor at Roosevelt Elementary. After teaching for 33 years in the Iowa City schools, Mary retired in June of 2009.
Mary has been very active in her community. She helped organize the first girls’ softball league in Iowa City and served on its board of directors. Since 1988 she has sung and acted in numerous productions of the Iowa City Community Theater, and also served on their board of directors. She has been a member of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Commission, the Iowa City Riverfront Commission, and was president of the Iowa City Education Association. From 1992-1997 Mary served on the State Sesquicentennial Commission.
In 1994, Mary was elected to the Iowa House where she has been an advocate for women, children and families. Mary serves on the State Reading Recovery Advisory Board and Executive Committee. She was appointed by Governor Vilsack to the State Council on Continuous Improvement of Educational Excellence.
Mary has received numerous honors/awards for her service and leadership. A few are listed below:
- 1996 – Iowa Counseling Associations’ Legislator of the Year Award
- 1999 - National Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Friend of Education
- 2003 – Girl Scouts of Mississippi Valley – Growing Strong Award
- 2010 – Corridor Business Journal – Women of Influence Award
- 2011 – Heritage Agency on Aging – Outstanding Elected Public Official
- 2012 – Iowa Physician’s Assistant Society – Outstanding Leadership Award
- 2013 – Iowa Pride Network – Roger Wendt Education Award
Thomas A. Mayes
Thomas A. MayesAttorney II, Iowa Department of Education Division of Learning and Results
Thomas A. Mayes is an attorney with the Iowa Department of Education’s Division of Learning and Results, where he advises the department on education law and policy and provides information on education law to Iowa’s parents and educators. Before joining the Department, he was a staff attorney for the Iowa Court of Appeals, a staff attorney in Iowa Legal Aid’s Waterloo office, and law clerk to Justice James H. Carter of the Supreme Court of Iowa. He is a member of the National Council of State Education Attorneys, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the National Association of Counsel for Children. He was appointed by Chief Justice Marsha Ternus to the state’s Children’s Justice State Council and is a board-certified Child Welfare Law Specialist. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University; his law degree, with highest distinction, from The University of Iowa College of Law; and a master’s degree in education leadership from Lehigh University.
Art TateSuperintendent, Davenport Community Schools