Dr. Lovely has spent 38 years serving K-12 schools in every capacity from instructional aide to teacher to principal to central office administrator to Superintendent.
During her role as Superintendent in Carlsbad, California she spearheaded several efforts to support future ready teaching and learning including the implementation of a county-wide Career Pathways grant; transformation of school libraries into Makerspaces; formation of a tuition free dual enrollment partnership with the local community college; and leveraging the state standards, funding, and accountability system to ensure underserved students achieved at higher-than-expected levels of performance.
Dr. Lovely is the author of four books Ready for Anything (Solution Tree); Setting Leadership Priorities (Corwin Press); Generations at School (Corwin Press); and Staffing the Principalship (ASCD). As a thought leader, Dr. Lovely delivers customized professional development and keynote presentations at local, state, and national conferences.
Since retiring, Dr. Lovely has remained active in strategic planning work, leadership coaching, school design consulting, and superintendent searches. She is also the co-founder of the Women in Education Leadership (WEL) Network in Southern California.
Dr. Lovely has been recognized by for her visionary leadership and contributions by State Senator Patricia Bates, the California PTA, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego County Art Education Association, and the Master Teacher publication.