Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) have selected Tom Lane to be its legislative liaison. Lane is the 2012-13 Superintendent of the Year selected by peers through the School Administrators of Iowa. He recently
retired after 10 years as superintendent at Carlisle Community School District, where he also served as elementary principal.
Lane began his education career as a social studies teacher and has also been a counselor, coach and secondary principal. A graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in counselor education, Lane earned his administrative certification, specialist’s degree and doctorate in education leadership from Drake University.
“I’ve always valued the work of Iowa’s Area Education Agencies and had a passion for kids with special needs,” Lane said. “I am focused on building advocates for the AEAs at the grassroots level.”
Education is definitely a family business. His wife, Kathy, retired after a career as a first grade teacher. Son, Mark, is an elementary principal in Urbandale and son, Kelly, is an elementary PE teacher in Colorado Springs, CO. Daughter, Darcy, is legal counsel for the Board of Educational Examiners.
“I live 15 minutes from the Capitol, and I’ve always believed that talking and working with legislators was part of my responsibility to my colleagues,” Lane said. “As I considered other opportunities for work, I ultimately chose this work because it’s a great match for my passion and beliefs. I can’t imagine any better way to continue being involved in education.”