Dr. Laurie Kimbrel is currently an Assistant Professor of Education Leadership at the University of West Georgia where she teaches courses in the school leadership certificate programs, as well as the doctorate program of school improvement. As a professor, she also actively publishes and presents about her research interests in effective teacher and administrator selection processes. Prior to her role in higher education, she had a 27-year career in K-12 public schools where she served in a variety of positions including classroom teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, principal, associate superintendent and superintendent for seven years. She has worked as public educator in Illinois, California and Georgia. Dr. Kimbrel has extensive school and district level experience in the areas of curriculum and instruction, human resources, policy development, community relations, and school operations. In addition to her public school positions, she has served as president of several state organizations including the High School District Association of California and Schools for Sound Finance in California.