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Dr. Robert Lewis Named Head of Middle School

I am pleased to share that following an intensive search process, we have secured the next Head of Middle School.

Dr. Robert Lewis has accepted our offer to be our next Middle School Head. Dr. Lewis, a native of Pennsylvania, has a diverse learning and teaching background. After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Sciences Education, he went on to obtain his Masters in History and a Doctoral Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lewis holds an MBA in Human Resources from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry, as well.

Following ten years as a Social Studies teacher in Pittsburgh public schools, he moved into school administration, becoming a School Principal. Rising from Program Director to Regional Director for New York Schools, he became Regional Vice President for Lighthouse Academies. In the role, Dr. Lewis taught school leaders how to design and execute Academic Strategic Plans that identified, implemented and evaluated grade-level student-centered goals and skills. Currently, Dr. Lewis is the Head of Middle School at the American School Foundation (ASF) in Mexico City. The most prestigious independent school in Mexico, ASF has a K-12 student body of over 2,000, including over 500 students in Middle School.

"Our middle school kids love him," shared one of Dr. Lewis' references. "They seek him out to interact and speak with him, and he's a favorite of parents even in the most difficult of situations." All references describe Dr. Lewis as energetic and focused with an entrepreneurial mindset and a joyful and engaging personality. They share his incredible knowledge about middle schoolers and ability to relate to them on a personal and professional level. Furthermore, professionally he shows good judgment and flexibility, is an effective listener and displays great loyalty to his faculty and school.

“I am honored and humbled to be the new Head of Middle School at Lausanne Collegiate School,” shared Dr. Lewis. “Lausanne's commitment to academic excellence within the context of educating the ‘whole child’ in a caring and supportive, process-school climate provides endless opportunities for its students, and I am fortunate to be a part of that tradition. I am looking forward to meeting all of you in the fall to continue this vital work.”

Dr. Lewis's appointment is the culmination of a process that began in mid-February. After announcing Greg Graber would be moving into a new role as Director of Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness, we launched an intensive worldwide search for his replacement. In mid-February, we began utilizing our internal, local, national and international networks and Carney-Sandoe and Associates recruitment and placement services. The announcement resulted in a torrent of interested applicants. The first days and weeks were spent screening candidates, which ultimately led to the identification of five very strong finalists.

Despite the impact of the coronavirus, all candidates went through the same process either in person or remotely. All candidates met with Middle School faculty by grade level, individual administrators, and, when possible, Middle School students. After each interview session, an evaluation form developed by Middle School faculty was completed by the interviewers and submitted to a survey link. The evaluation criteria included elements such as proven teaching experience, experience at an IB school, administrative experience with MYP, community builder, good listener, process school mindset and more.

Dr. Lewis will relocate to Memphis in the summer and will join the Lausanne family in person in July. Please join me in providing him with a warm welcome.

Stuart McCathie