Hannah Smith Mason is a dedicated public school mother of 3, civic leader and artist running for the District 8 seat on the Lafayette Parish School Board in the October 12 election. A former Vice President of the Woodvale Parent Teacher Club and room mother for the past five years, Mason wants to bring her parent perspective and hands-on experience to the board. As a school board member, she would serve as a present and honest leader to keep building community trust and faith in our schools and look to improve overall communications, efficiency, and boost school-esteem, from students, to parents, to teachers, to the administration, to the community supporting them.
Mason has a track record of success with her community advocacy, having co-founded the popular LASOAR sports and recreation program for children, served on the board of the Acadiana Symphony, and as Secretary of the Junior League of Lafayette in 2016-17, helping young women reach their leadership potential and address critical needs in our community. She currently works from home as an artist and performs Community Outreach and Business Development for her family's company, Smith Mason & Co.
Mason’s parents moved to Lafayette Parish during the oil bust of the late 80s from Dallas, TX. Hannah began 4th grade at Green T. Lindon, then moved to the arts academy at L.J. Alleman for 5th grade, and on to Paul Breaux Middle for the Gifted and Talented program. She graduated from Lafayette High in 1997 then left for college at Rhodes College in Memphis, where she earned a degree in French.
After living in a number of cities across the U.S., Hannah and Marcus Mason made the decision to move back to Lafayette in 2014 specifically to start Smith Mason & Co, a Well Control, Safety and Leadership training company, knowing their three young children could attend her own siblings' alma mater Woodvale Elementary. Marcus previously worked for Baker Hughes, and the young family followed his transfers from Houston to Shreveport, to Pittsburgh and finally to Denver. Every transfer opportunity started with the question, ‘What are the public schools like there?’ Lafayette won out in the Mason’s decision to start their company with the simple fact that the public schools are better than the ones in New Orleans and Houston, and daily life in Lafayette is "a lot sweeter with more time for family."
Since returning to Lafayette in 2014, to start her family's company, Hannah has dedicated herself to her children and their education through volunteering her spare time at Woodvale Elementary in various roles as a room mother, Vice President of the PTC, Committee Chair of School Beautification, fundraising for Fun Run, painting banners for Meet and Greets, the Library's Book Fair, and yearbook photographer. Additionally she was part of the PTC that initiated the matching funds model that the Lafayette Parish School Board has used parish-wide.