Carlee Simon, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Educational Administration and Policy: Public School Finance
Minor, Research and Evaluation Methodology (REM)
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2010)
M.Ed., Educational Administration and Policy
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2007)
B.Des., Architectural Design
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2000)
As the Interim Dean for the School of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast, Dr. Carlee Simon's educational journey has been diverse and transformative. Her experience as an educator began with her certification through an alternative route as a Career Technical Educator in Florida. She pursued this unconventional path with a degree in Architecture, uniquely positioning her to view education through a different lens. Dr. Simon's experience with alternative certification has shaped her perspective and deepened her belief in providing alternative paths to teacher certification. She understands that diverse backgrounds and experiences enrich the field of education, and is committed to creating opportunities for individuals with unique skill sets and knowledge to contribute to the teaching profession.
With a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy, specializing in Public School Finance, from the University of Florida, Dr. Simon brings a profound understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing education systems today. Her career trajectory, from her initial certification as a Career Technical Educator to her current role as Interim Dean, reflects her unwavering dedication to education and advancing educational opportunities for all.
Having served as the Superintendent of Schools for the School Board of Alachua County, Florida, Dr. Simon has honed her skills in leading large educational institutions. In her role, she oversaw a district of approximately 30,000 students and managed an annual budget exceeding $500 million. During her tenure, she worked diligently to address systemic issues, striving to narrow the opportunity gap between different student populations in Florida. She also played a part in responding to the pandemic's impact on student achievement and performance by thoughtfully leveraging ESSER funding to improve student access and opportunities.
Dr. Simon's goal is to support Alaska's initiatives to "grow their own" educators within the state. With experience in teacher development and recruitment, she hopes to contribute to the cause by partnering with local P-12 schools, educational organizations, Alaska Native/American Indian organizations, and Tribes to enhance the education of those devoted to serving P-12 students throughout Alaska.
Dr. Simon has been involved in shaping the development of higher education courses and programs, both in person and online. Her dedication to using evidence-based strategies and fostering innovation aims to ensure that educators are well-prepared to meet the unique needs and opportunities of Alaska's diverse student population.
Dr. Carlee Simon is honored to be part of the educational community at the University of Alaska Southeast. She is grateful for the opportunity to contribute her knowledge and experiences to the School of Education and support initiatives promoting academic excellence, inclusivity, and educational growth within Alaska and beyond.