Mason's Inclusive Excellence Work

Educators Help Lead Mason's Inclusive Excellence Work
Posted on 10/17/2019

The Mason City Schools Board of Education approved stipends for seven Mason educators to help lead the district’s inclusive excellence objectives during its September 24 meeting. The new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Leaders work closely with the district’s Inclusive Excellence lead and their school’s leadership to proactively integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into decision making and learning experiences.“We appreciate the board’s investment in these DEI Leaders at each school as a resource for staff. We are thrilled to have these talented and dedicated educators helping to lead this critical work,” said Jonathan Cooper, Superintendent.

  • Mason Early Childhood Center: Soroya Smith, 2nd grade teacher

“I’m energized about this work because the more I learn about honoring and valuing others I believe my own heart is impacted and creates a ripple effect of impact on the hearts of others. We are healing and spreading love on systems and humans in the world, making it a better place for our children!


  • Mason Elementary School: Shanna Lutton, 3rd grade teacher

"This work is an opportunity to act, not just think about change or wish things could be different. There are so many occasions where I didn't know what to say. I didn't feel that my voice was strong enough. My hope is that this work will be empowering and we (students, staff, families) will feel equipped with the tools and strategies so next time we know what to say.”

  • Mason Elementary School: Alicea Wortham, ESL teacher

"I am energized about this work because it allows the opportunity for us to help bridge people together to form a community of learning that embraces and fosters a common understanding of different perspectives for all!”

  • Mason Intermediate: DeAuna Todd, 5th grade teacher

"I'm energized about this work because it's so necessary. Every student matters and it's our job as a district to make sure each student feels valued, respected and included. There are many pieces that come together to shape our identity, and keeping that in the forefront of our minds can only help our students. Looking at our work as educators from a lens of inclusive excellence is a part of our job. I'm excited to help lead such an important and vital task!   

  • Mason Middle School: Jocelyn Burlew, Social Studies teacher

“I am energized by this work because we are developing our empathy IQs."

  • Mason Middle School: Katie Lin, Language Arts teacher

“I'm energized about this work because it will help our district become not only a diverse place to live, work, and attend school, but a place where all individuals feel welcomed and encouraged to be their full selves.  As a teacher, I want this for my students, and as parent, I want this for my own Mason-Comet-to-be.”

  • Mason High School: Marcie Blamer, Teacher Academy teacher

“I am energized by this work because I am energized by humanity, growth, and goodness; this work brings all three of these to our daily lives, and by extension, to the lives of others!”

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