Collaborative Leadership; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Leadership Performance Coaching
Joanne Lee
Assistant Professor
Kennesaw State University

Dr. Joanne Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Kennesaw State University and the Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education. Dr. Lee’s educational experience includes service on the middle school, high school, and state levels of education. She has been a teacher, administrator, and state coordinator, in addition to working as a Leadership Performance Coach.


On the state level as the Executive Assistant to the Georgia’s Deputy State School Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Lee focused on the implementation of curriculum and instruction, the conversion to Georgia Performance Standards, and state board policies and rules. In her roles as the State Coordinator for Middle Grades Education and the Unit Director for School Improvement Programs, Dr. Lee spearheaded the conversion from operational leadership to instructional leadership in middle grades. She is a strong advocate for middle grades education and leadership for school improvement. Her passion is quality teaching and strong instructional leadership in all schools.


Dr. Lee has worked as a leadership coach with Harvard University’s Executive Leadership for Educational Leaders (EXEL) project. The highlights of her career include coaching elementary and middle school principals in underperforming schools to implement the America’s Choice school reform model and to improve student achievement in elementary and middle grades. As the Magnet School Coordinator for the Academy of Research and Medical Sciences at South Cobb High School, she successfully led the staff in the development and integration of the medical and research strands into the curriculum and worked extensively to align Professional Learning with the School Improvement initiatives.