Education & Credentials:
- Ed.D. in Educational Technology Leadership from Pepperdine University
- M.A. in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s College of Moraga
- B.A. in Literature and a Special Minor in Modern European Studies from University of California, San Diego
- Single Subject Teaching Credential
- Administrative Credential
Prior to serving at OLP, Dr. Lek was the Principal at her alma mater, Moreau Catholic High School in Northern California. She holds her Doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership from Pepperdine University. Her Doctoral Thesis was on the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in sponsored secondary schools.
Empowering and advancing women in the workplace, community and world is an underlying theme within the practice and educational focus of Lauren Lek, Ed.D., Head of School at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP). For the past four years at OLP, Dr. Lek has been a tremendous supporter of the academic initiative STEAM, which recognizes the academic disciplines of science, technology, and math as equally important as engineering and the arts. This past year, the graduating class saw 30 percent of its graduates pursuing STEM majors in college, which is double the co-ed national average (16%). She was also instrumental in launching the schools BYOD technology program, and helping integrate new instructional research based pedagogy across departments.
Dr. Lek is a lifelong learner who seeks opportunities to connect her employees and larger professional network with the most current research and best strategies for teaching and learning, always working to move OLP, a 135-year-old San Diego institution, forward. This endeavor ensures OLP is able to offer the best in academics and remain the hub for educating the next generation of women leaders and innovators.
Dr. Lek has also sought to create at the school, as the only all girls’ school in San Diego, a nucleus for prominent women leaders to network, collaborate, and inspire the next generation through the regionally recognized OLP Women’s Symposium. The annual event in March, pulls together extraordinary women leaders in San Diego and beyond. Dr. Lek seizes every opportunity to explore and support programs and initiatives, which highlight non-traditional career paths for women.
Additionally, Dr. Lek models the very thing she works with the students to achieve: excellence rooted in service to the community. As a member of the Downtown San Diego Rotary, Dr. Lek regularly works with other businesses and professional leaders to help build goodwill and peace through philanthropic activities. Dr. Lek has served as the co-chair of the Rotary STEM committee that serves the City Heights Hoover High School cluster of Elementary and Middle Schools. As an active member of the San Diego community, Dr. Lek has also been recognized
As a recipient of the 2016 Athena Pinnacle Award for Education, 2013 San Diego Woman Who Means Business, 40 under 40 awards by SD Metro Magazine, a nominee for the San Diego Woman of the Year.
What you might not know about Lauren Lek, is that in addition to being a wife to her college sweetheart or that she is a trained concert pianist, she is mother to three children, 8 year old Lucas, 4 year old Willem and her 2 year old daughter, Emma.
Professional Societies & Affiliations: NCEA, PDK, Athena, Rotary Club 33, AERA, ASCD