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As the nation’s oldest and most renowned historically Black college for women, Spelman College’s fundamental foundation is to educate women and develop educators. From elementary to higher education, Spelman has cultivated education leaders who serve the world. In the introduction of the College’s 100th anniversary book, "Spelman: a centennial celebration 1881-1981," Beverly Guy-Sheftall references a journalist’s “assertion” made during the College’s 50th anniversary: “No history of women’s education in America would be complete without the story of Spelman.”
 

Andrea Lewis

Andrea Lewis
Andrea LewisAndrea Lewis, Ph.D., C’96, earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate from Georgia State University after graduating summa cum laude from Spelman.

Her professional experiences include elementary school teacher, public and private school administrator, and college faculty. As associate professor and chair of the Department of Education at Spelman, Lewis’s efforts revolve around her passion for preparing future educators. She organized Spelman’s first faculty-led trip to Havana, Cuba, in December 2015 to examine the intersection of history, economics and politics on the country’s education system. Subsequent trips were sponsored in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Lewis has written book chapters and articles in various books and journals centered on teacher education. She also is the author of three books: Valerie’s New Friends; Unsung Legacies of Educators and Events in African American Education (co-authored); and Preservice Teachers, Social Class, and Race in Urban Schools: Experiences and Strategies for Teacher Preparation. 

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Education in Action

Andrea Lewis

by Angela George | November 30, 2020

Andrea LewisAndrea Lewis, Ph.D., C’96, earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate from Georgia State University after graduating summa cum laude from Spelman.

Her professional experiences include elementary school teacher, public and private school administrator, and college faculty. As associate professor and chair of the Department of Education at Spelman, Lewis’s efforts revolve around her passion for preparing future educators. She organized Spelman’s first faculty-led trip to Havana, Cuba, in December 2015 to examine the intersection of history, economics and politics on the country’s education system. Subsequent trips were sponsored in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Lewis has written book chapters and articles in various books and journals centered on teacher education. She also is the author of three books: Valerie’s New Friends; Unsung Legacies of Educators and Events in African American Education (co-authored); and Preservice Teachers, Social Class, and Race in Urban Schools: Experiences and Strategies for Teacher Preparation. 

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The Education Department promotes academic excellence in the development and preparation of students to be change agents in the field of education. We desire for our graduates to be innovative teachers, experienced professionals and educational leaders, who have a commitment to the improvement and sustainability of schooling and the development of children and adolescents. We support our students as they become critical thinkers and researchers who improve learning locally, nationally, and globally; and are committed to promoting this through the classroom environment, field-based, and experiential learning opportunities.

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