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Dr. Suzette Lovely is a lifelong educator who is looking forward to the many opportunities and challenges that await her as the newly appointed Carlsbad Unified School District Superintendent. “Carlsbad Unified has dedicated and passionate employees and a highly educated and supportive school board. I feel fortunate and genuinely honored to lead this high-achieving district,” stated Dr. Lovely.

As superintendent, Dr. Lovely plans to lay the foundation for a strategic initiative to improve student achievement and close the gap for those students who are underrepresented or struggling. She also intends to continue providing professional development to teachers without shrinking revenues and resources. “When teachers continue to grow and refine skills and deliver best practices, student achievement will go up proportionately,” explained Dr. Lovely.

Dr. Lovely is committed to branding Carlsbad Unified School District as one of the best school districts in California. She also hopes to continue the legacy of her predecessor, Dr. John Roach. “Dr. Roach did a great job with the district and with getting Proposition P passed so that we could modernize all of our schools and build a new high school – Sage Creek – which is projected to open in August 2013. Dr. Roach has been extremely helpful in bringing me up to speed on everything,” remarked Dr. Lovely.

With 29 years of experience in the education field, Dr. Lovely is passionate about ensuring that students receive the best education possible. She began her career as a teacher and then moved to the administrative side as a principal, director of elementary schools and deputy superintendent. According to Dr. Lovely, she has known that she wanted to be an educator since she was a child. “I played school as a young girl with my bedroom as my makeshift classroom. When I entered college, I knew by my junior year that I wanted to pursue a teaching credential.”

“Carlsbad Unified has dedicated and passionate employees and a highly educated and supportive school board.  I feel fortunate and genuinely honored to lead this high-achieving district,”
Dr. Lovely

Dr. Lovely and her husband, Jon, are avid travelers and have been to every continent at least twice with the exception of Antarctica. A native Southern Californian, Dr. Lovely enjoys running and has recently taken up standup paddle boarding. “I would like to get more involved in the sport of standup paddle boarding. It is a great thing to do with friends. And although I used to compete in triathlons, now I run for fun and to stay in shape.”

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Name: Dr. Suzette D. Lovely
Age:  54
Title: Superintendent of Carlsbad Unified School District
Family: Husband, Jon
Education:

  • UC Irvine – Bachelors in Social Ecology
  • UC Irvine – Teaching Credential in Elementary Education (Multiple Subject)\
  • Masters in Educational Administration from National University.
  • Doctorate from Cal State Fullerton
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