Lee Fleming has been in education for over 20 years and is very passionate about helping young people grow and learn from their experiences. Prior to coming to Samueli Academy, Lee was the principal of Bonsall High School, a small neighborhood high school in North County San Diego with a focus on project-based learning and early college access.
Before serving as a principal, Lee worked in a non-profit organization for 9 years, supporting school and district leaders across the country to lead or open innovate schools. In that role she served as a design partner with the New York City Department of Education Innovation Zone, conducted training of school administrators in Spain in their native language, and supported school leaders nationally from California to North Carolina. She has conducted classroom observations in over 160 schools across the country and internationally, and continues to learn from the commitment of great educational leaders she has seen in action.
Lee’s passion for teaching came to her after she had already graduated from college as a stay-at-home parent living in Los Angeles. She began to substitute teach and fell in love with the experience of working with young people and eventually pursued a teaching credential while working full-time as a teacher. She taught in a variety of contexts during her teaching career including working with special needs students, migrant education students, a young mothers program for teenagers who had children of their own, and as a founding teacher in a project-based school in Sacramento. She is thrilled to be at Samueli Academy where an explicit part of the school mission is to truly ignite the passion for learning for all students.
Lee earned both her BA in History and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.