2015 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Dr. Lorna R. Lewis
Plainview-Old Bethpage UFSD
Dr. Lorna Lewis is a renowned educational leader who is highly respected across Long Island and throughout New York State. She has dedicated herself to the improvement of our educational system and has delivered her message of change at the highest levels.
A recognized expert on education, Dr. Lewis has testified before the New York State Senate on the impact of testing, speaking as the voice of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. She also presented a white paper about proposed graduation rates to the Commissioner of Education and the New York State Board of Regents, on behalf of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents.
Dr. Lewis co-chairs the curriculum committee of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, serves on the Commissioner's Advisory Committee for the Task Force for the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), is president-elect for the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents, serves on the Long Island STEM Hub Board of Champions and the SCOPE Board of Directors and is an active past-president with the Long Island Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She is also a valued advisor to the New York State Education Department and the New York State Board of Regents.
Dr. Lewis has been named Educator of the Year by the Korean Parents Association of Long Island, the St. John's University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and the Long Island Black Educators. Additionally, she received the 2004 Education Award from the Freeport-Roosevelt branch of the NAACP.
Dr. Lewis began her career in education as a Teacher of Mathematics and AP Physics at the Collegiate School. While there, she sponsored a finalist in the prestigious Westinghouse Science Competition. Following her tenure at the Collegiate School, she went on to serve as Science Chairperson for the Rockville Centre UFSD, Science Director for the Uniondale UFSD, Director of Curriculum and Assessment and Deputy Superintendent in the Three Village CSD, and Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University.
Prior to assuming her current position with the Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD, Dr. Lewis served as Superintendent of the East Williston UFSD. Under her leadership, that district's high school was consistently recognized as one of the top 100 high schools in the country by Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.