Public Advisory Council Member

Richard W. MainzerJr

Richard W. Mainzer Jr., PAC Member

Council for Exceptional Children
2900 Crystal Drive
Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22202-3557
Office: 703 264 9408
Cell:     703 989 4725
Assistant: 703 264 9469
richardm@cec.sped.org

For over twelve years, as the Associate Executive Director for Professional Services, Richard has provided leadership in the Council for Exceptional Children’s professional standards and practice initiatives. As the Council for Exceptional Children Principal for Professional Services, he has developed, managed, and evaluated numerous projects of national significance.

Richard believes passionately that the quality of a child’s learning depends on the quality of the teacher. He focuses on issues of teacher quality and preparation, evidence-based professional practice, and special education leadership in the context of standards and school reform.

Previous Experience
Richard brings a unique depth and wealth of experience in the service of children with exceptionalities. He has been a teacher, a state education department project director and policy analyst, a district supervisor of special education, and a university professor. He is the recipient of numerous grants and has published and presented widely. He serves on various national advisory committees and provides CEC leadership with major policy and practice stakeholders including state departments of education, institutions of higher education, national organizations, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Richard has managed numerous national projects and initiatives, providing Council for Exceptional Children leadership to departments of education in the States & Provinces, institutions of higher education, national organizations, and the U.S. Department of Education. He maintains frequent communications with leaders in Council for Exceptional Children, and with leaders in national agencies and associations externally. Richard is an accomplished leader facilitating national initiatives and committees including Council for Exceptional Children Professional Standards & Practice Committee & Knowledge & Skills Committee.

Education
Richard received his Bachelor degree in Philosophy from The Catholic University and his  Master and Doctorate of Education from the American University in Washington, DC.

Additional Professional Activities
Richard is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast including running, skiing, swimming, climbing, and hiking