Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. is superintendent of NOLA Public Schools in New Orleans. With more than 20 years of educational experience as a teacher and campus administrator, Lewis brings a classroom-focused perspective to his work. Lewis’s administration implemented a number of important reforms and has led the district into a new unified era, where, for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, all schools, which were previously overseen by the State of Louisiana, are now governed by the locally elected school board.

Prior to joining NOLA Public Schools, Lewis was a celebrated superintendent in Louisiana’s East Feliciana Parish, north of Baton Rouge. Through his four-year strategic plan and leadership, Lewis raised the bar for classroom teaching and evaluation and helped drive significant gains among low-income students. As a result, East Feliciana Public Schools was recognized by the state for elementary student academic growth.

Lewis previously served in a variety of roles for the Algiers Charter Schools Association, the first charter management organization to open after Hurricane Katrina. He was director of academics and instructional technology, assistant principal of Alice Harte Elementary, and founding principal of Algiers Technology Academy.

Lewis was a teacher for seven years in St. Bernard Parish Public Schools. He also represented District 9 on the St. Bernard Parish Public School Board for 11 years.