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Dr. Lewis is principal of Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit’s premier art and design middle/high school, located in the heart of Detroit. He was also the founding principal of Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School located in the greater Boston-Edison area. 

An accomplished urban educator, Dr. Lewis taught as a 5th grade teacher, middle school math teacher, and an alternative education teacher at the secondary level. After seven years of teaching, Dr. Lewis set his sights on impacting education at the administrative and collegiate levels. While in graduate school, he taught a myriad of courses at Michigan State University, coordinated an intervention program for first time youth offenders, and was director of a mentoring program for young males of color. He also served as a visiting instructor at the University of Michigan and as a Student Services Specialist with the Lansing School District. Dr. Lewis has presented his research findings in urban education at a host of conferences, most notably the American Education Research Association and Piaget Society Conference. Prior to his principalship at the Henry Ford Academies, he was Manager of Teacher Leadership Development for Teach for America for which he received the Core Value Team award for his unwavering commitment to effectively developing young educators. Dr. Lewis was recognized in the Michigan Chronicle's 2013 40 Under 40 cohort.


Dr. Lewis is known nationally for his dedication to providing culturally-sensitive learning communities, and was selected to the third cohort of the nationally recognized America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals. He authored a chapter in “Mentoring African American Males: A Research Design Comparison Perspective” (2014). He actively participated in Ford's Men of Courage inaugural event in Baltimore, which launched the national program committed to changing the narrative for African American males. In 2015, Dr. Lewis met with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, senior U.S. Department of Education officials, and White House officials for two days of learning and advising at the White House, as part of the Principals at ED effort. As a 2016 School Retool Fellow, Dr. Lewis collaborates with his cohort of Michigan school administrators, leaders from the Stanford d.School, IDEO, Henry Ford Learning Institute, to adopt research-based practices that lead to Deeper Learning. He will participate in the Leading Educator Program at the Arizona State University GSV Summit in May 2017 as a full scholarship recipient to learn in partnership with other superintendents, principals, and district innovation leaders.

Dr. Lewis earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and Doctoral degree in Education Policy and Curriculum Teaching - all from Michigan State University. He credits his educational experience at MSU for instilling in him a strong foundation in teacher development and math curriculum and instruction.  

Curtis Lewis, Ph.D Principal