Suzette Lovely, EdD, worked in K–12 education for 37 years, serving as a teacher, principal, assistant/deputy superintendent, and most recently, superintendent at the Carlsbad Unified School District in Southern California, before retiring in 2016.
Since retiring, Dr. Lovely has helped districts refresh their strategic plans and reimagine the school experience to develop future-ready learners. Dr. Lovely is a founding partner in the Women in Educational Leadership (WEL) institute, which supports women throughout California’s Orange, Riverside, and San Diego counties on their journey to achieve top leadership positions.
Dr. Lovely is currently an executive search consultant for Hazard, Young, and Attea; a senior advisor for the Research + Education Design Institute (REDi); and an education support specialist for the Atkinson-Andelson law firm.
Dr. Lovely has also authored three books and numerous journal articles on leadership development and workplace engagement. She has been a featured speaker at numerous local, state, and national conferences and has been recognized for her contributions to the field by Senator Patricia Bates, the California State PTA, the Hi-Noon Rotary, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, the Master Teacher Publication, and the San Diego County Art Education Association.
Dr. Lovely earned her bachelor’s degree in social ecology, as well as her teaching credential in elementary education, from the University of California, Irvine. She earned her master’s degree in educational administration from National University and her doctorate of education from California State University, Fullerton.