April L. Fleming
2022 Fellow, Impact Academy
Dean, School of Education and Charter Schools, Florida SouthWestern State College
Dr. April L. Fleming is the Dean of The School of Education and Charter Schools at Florida SouthWestern State College. She has been with FSW since 2020 and has more than 20 years of leadership experience in higher education, pre-K 12 public education, and educational research and policy. She is an accomplished scholar and leader with involvement extending across Florida. Dr. Fleming serves as President of the Charter School Governing Board of Imagine Schools Lakewood Ranch and North Manatee, Chair of Professional Development and Executive Board member for Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (FACTE) and President-Elect for Florida Community College Early Childhood Educator’s Network (FCCECEN). As a faculty member, Dr. Fleming has extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate level, including both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees in Education.
Before joining FSW, Dr. Fleming was Director of Education Programs at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. During her tenure with SCF, Fleming led a strategic and successful effort to increase the rigor and relevance of the teaching methods and activities of the teacher preparation program, which encompassed the Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and the Educator Preparation Institute. The curriculum redesigns, which included clinical placement and internships, resulted in a 20% increase in student enrollment during the first year of its implementation. Dr. Fleming also forged successful relationships with community partners which resulted in over $300,000 in external funding for teacher preparation, educator quality enhancement and professional development.