Carol Barlow Lear grew up in Salt Lake County and attended the University of Utah. Following graduation, she was a high school teacher for five years at Kearns High School. She then attended the University of Utah College of Law and graduated in 1982 — with a law degree and two sons.
Lear worked part-time from 1981-1988 with the Law-Related Education Program. She worked at the Utah State Office of Education as the School Law Specialist and Director from 1988 until December 2014 when she retired. She also earned her school administrative credential in 2000 and was a Utah State University adjunct professor for 20 years.
While she worked to promote public education, she also volunteered as a room mother, for the PTA (she now does PTA pro bono work) and served on school Community Councils. Lear is now “retired” and in private practice with Lear & Lear representing school districts, charter schools and occasional parents. She and her husband, Jon, have three grown children and six rambunctious grandchildren.
Salt Lake City
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