Aspasia Carlson is the daughter of immigrant parents and a native of Seattle, Washington, where she graduated from the University of Washington. With her husband, she moved to Texas and then Oklahoma. Dr. Carlson is currently serving the students, teachers, and community of Tulsa Public Schools as director of high school design. She is passionate about creating equitable learning environments, opportunities, and outcomes for all students. Her entire career has been committed to serving in Title I urban schools. She was named Oklahoma High School Principal of the Year in 2017 for the academic gains made by her students during her tenure in Oklahoma City. Despite challenges, they have an 81 percent graduation rate and are recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community School by Solution Tree.
Dr. Carlson was awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarship to attend the 2017 Women Leading Education International conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to her time in OKCPS, Dr. Carlson taught English language arts in Dallas Independent School District and trained teachers on Advanced Placement strategies through Laying the Foundation, Inc., (now the National Math & Science Initiative, Inc.).
Dr. Carlson received her doctoral degree in educational administration and leadership from Texas A&M University at Commerce, her master’s degree in educational administration from Texas Woman’s University, and holds her superintendent’s certification through the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, Dr. Carlson recently completed a fourteen-month certification with the National Institute of School Leadership (NISL) in Washington, DC, and trains school administrators on effective instructional and operational leadership throughout the state of Oklahoma.