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Dr. Lee-Anne T. Spalding is a senior lecturer at the University of Central Florida in the College of Community Innovation and Education School of Teacher Education. She earned all three of her degrees from UCF; most recently her doctoral degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading. Her dissertation was titled: The Impact of Access to Books on the Reading Motivation and Achievement of Urban Elementary Students. Previously, she earned her Educational Leadership master’s degree in 1998 and her Elementary Education bachelor’s in 1994. Dr. Spalding is a teacher practitioner, spending most of her time designing engaging course meetings for teacher candidates in the Elementary Education program. In addition to her primary focus of teaching the future generation of educators, Dr. Spalding also enjoys writing and publishing scholarly work with her peers. She is a founding member of the UCF Nemours PedsAcademy at Nemours Children's Hospital, currently serving as the director/faculty representative and has served as the clinical coordinator on site since 2018. She enjoys coordinating, advising, and mentoring interns. Dr. Spalding is dedicated to positively impacting future teachers to in turn, have them positively impact our youth.

Areas of Expertise

  • Elementary Education
  • Pre-Service Internship/Field Experience
  • Children's Literature
  • Elementary Social Science Education


Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction
University of Central Florida

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership

University of Central Florida

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Elementary Education

University of Central Florida


Research Interests

  • Reading Motivation
  • Access to Books
  • Urban Education

Funded Projects

UCF Urban Teacher Institute Project – Deerwood Elementary Digital Reading Project; Federal Grant (2014-15)

PNC Bank Grow Up Great Grant – Read for the Record @ UCF (2014-16)


Dr. Spalding's service projects include but are not limited to the following: Read for the Record each fall, KnightED Talks Student Showcase each spring, Teacher Quality Partnership Consultant, Co-Chair of Boots on the Ground and being the adviser for the UCF chapter of the Student National Education Association.


  • EDE 4301 Elementary Education Capstone Colloquium
  • EDE 3942 Internship I Clinical Coordinator (PedsAcademy)
  • SSE 3312 Social Studies in the Elementary School
  • LAE 3414 Literature for Children


  • UCF College of Education and Human Performance Teaching Incentive Program Recipient, May 2017
  • UCF Department of Housing and Residence Life Distinguished Faculty Honoree, April 2017
  • UCF Instructor/Lecturer Promotion and Tenure Recipient; August 2015
  • UCF College of Education Teaching Incentive Program Recipient, May 2012
  • UCF College of Education Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award Recipient, April 2012

*See Curriculum Vitae for more.

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