Belmont University Education School Dean Wayne Lewis spoke to Tennessean Opinion Editor David Plazas.

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Hurricane Katrina displaced Wayne D. Lewis Jr. and his wife in 2005, leading them to uproot themselves to North Carolina for new opportunities. 

Lewis knows what it’s like to experience life disruption and the former classroom teacher is well aware of how COVID-19 has upended the lives of so many children in his new home in the Nashville area, across Tennessee and the United States.

On Jan. 1, he became the inaugural dean of Belmont University’s School of Education after having served as commissioner of education in Kentucky.

Wayne Lewis, Dean, School of Education, Belmont University (Photo: Submitted)

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