Lorna R. Lewis received a Bachelor of Science in physics from Fordham College at Rose Hill in 1975 and went on to earn three master’s degrees before completing her doctorate in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently superintendent of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District on Long Island.
Superintendent Lewis began her teaching career at the Collegiate School, where she taught mathematics and advanced placement physics. She has served in various administrative capacities including science chair in the Rockville Centre school district, science director in the Uniondale district, deputy superintendent in the Three Village Central School District, and superintendent of the East Williston district. She serves as president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents and also co-chairs its curriculum committee. She is a past president of LIASCD—or Long Island Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development—and of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents, and a member of the Long Island Stem Hub Board of Champions. She serves on the board of ERASE Racism, a regional organization that promotes racial equality in housing, public education, and other areas.
Lewis has served as an adjunct professor with Hofstra University, where she was the instructor of graduate science methods courses. She has presented workshops at universities, school board associations, and elsewhere on de-tracking schools, using data to improve instruction, deconstructing the mathematics assessment for grades three through eight, teaching for all children’s giftedness, maintaining excellence despite reduced revenues, and the Annual Professional Performance Appraisal. As an invited lecturer at Adelphi University in 2015, she presented on the topic “Digging Deeper to Ensure College Readiness.”
She received the 2004 Education Award from the Freeport-Roosevelt branch of the NAACP and Educator of the Year awards from the Korean Parents Association of Long Island, the St. John’s University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, and the Long Island Black Educators Association. In 2014 she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Award from the Suffolk County Commission, and in 2015 she received a Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award.