Innovative Quality Schools

Board

Dan Mott, Esq, Chair
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Mr. Mott is an attorney with the law firm of Fredrikson and Byron where he counsels cooperatives and other businesses in meeting their legal and business objectives.  Mr. Mott has worked with charter schools for almost 25 years and previously served as a member of the MDE Charter School Advisory Council.  He also was a staff person for the Minnesota Senate Education Finance Subcommittee as Minnesota was creating the nation’s leading school choice policies. Mr. Mott has served on the IQS board since its inception.

Holly Dayton, Vice Chair
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Ms. Dayton focuses on pension policy for the State of Minnesota and lives and works in the Twin Cities. She attended Avalon School, a chartered school in Saint Paul, and continued the path of personalized learning by completing an individualized Bachelor's degree in Environmental Communication and Public Policy through Metropolitan State University. 

Sarah Tucher, Treasurer
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Sarah Tucher is an attorney with the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron and a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) who helps public and private companies buy and sell products and services nationally and internationally, communicate with investors and comply with complex disclosure regulations and regulatory requirements for U.S. government contracts and grants.

Steve Kelley
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Steve Kelley is a Senior Fellow at he Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  He teaches classes related to science and technology policy, public budgeting and education law and policy.  Before joining the Humphrey School, he served in the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives where among other roles he served as chair of the Senate Education Committee.  Steve also practiced commercial litigation in Minneapolis for many years and has served on the boards of several civic organizations

Ed Dirkswager
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Mr. Dirkswager is a retired health care executive and has held positions as: Chief Administrative Officer of Group Health (now Health Partners); Chair of the Board of the National Cooperative Bank; Assistant Professor at St Thomas College (now University) and Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Welfare (now Human Services). He is the editor of the book “Teachers as Owners” and with Kim Farris-Berg co-authored “Trusting Teachers with School Success: What happens when teachers call the shots.”

David Johnson, PhD
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Associate Dean
College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
While on the Rockford District Board, Dr. Johnson was instrumental in the initiation of "Skills for Tomorrow," a charter school in St. Paul.

Kristin Anderson, EdD
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Former Superintendent of Rockford Area Schools and Fertile-Beltrami Schools.  She currently serves of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of MN College of Education and Human Development as well as on the Curriculum Advisory Council for the Education Leadership Department of the University of St. Thomas.  Anderson served as the founding Board Chair of IQS.

Julie Sabo​
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A mother of two teenage boys, Julie has experienced education from the perspective of a parent as well as a classroom teacher in Minneapolis for thirteen years, a teacher trainer and coach in positive classroom management strategies, and as a State Senator, serving on the Education Finance committee.