Lewis Andrea Brownlee is a native of Georgia. He is a first generational college student. He received an associate of applied science degree and certification from Clayton State University, located in Morrow, Georgia. For almost a decade he worked as an engineer designing and drafting blueprints for clients such as the Phoenix International Airport, The McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Arizona Department of Transportation, Pulte Homes and Fulton Homes. He worked in the engineering disciplines of civil, mechanical and fire alarm engineering.
After leaving engineering, he became a secondary high-school teacher instructing in the content areas of World Religions, Honors Engineering, World History, and Economics. He has been an educator for over 10-years. In this 10-year time span, he received his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and his masters from Northern Arizona University. He was an adjunct professor for three years at Rio Salado teaching World Religions (REL100). While teaching at Metro Tech High School, he would teach Honors Engineering by day, attend The University of Arizona online in the evenings and teach online at Rio Salado at night. At Metro Tech he was an advocate for women in STEM and other minortized populations working with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at Arizona State University and the Women Transportation Seminar in relation with Valley Metro. Recently, he accepted a fellowship to teach at Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA. The name of the fellowship was The Frederick Douglass Fellowship. He taught courses that addressed diversity in education, ethics in education and reading/writing skills necessary for education. Also, he was an advisor in the School of Education. After his year-long fellowship, he returned back to Phoenix and now he is currently working at Estrella Mountain Community College as a Student Service Analyst.
What inspired Lewis to become an educator was the inequities he witnessed in his secondary and post-secondary experiences in Atlanta, Georgia and South Phoenix. After spending time in his local YMCA community in South Phoenix, he realized that the local high-schools were disconnected from the communities they claim to serve. He wanted to make a change by encouraging students who were/are underrepresented in leadership positions to pursue whatever endeavors they desire. So, he left a profitable career in engineering and became a teacher at a charter school one mile from his house. Lewis' research interests examines race, poverty, gender biases and racism in education and how these ills intersect and place students-of-color at a disadvantage in public education.
Dayton, Ohio: Bergamo/Journal of Curriculum Theorizing/ 38TH ANNUAL—The Complicated Conversation of Curriculum Theory (October 2017) • Presentation of Research: Navigating Racial Battle Fatigue: Incorporating Critical Race Theory Tenants in The Graduate School Experience
Edinboro University: Keynote Speaker for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Edinboro University: The Kente Cloth Ceremony (May 2018) • ALANI (African American, Latino, Asian, Native American, International) Awards and Salute to ALANI Graduates Ceremony—over 100 students in attendance
San Antonio, Texas: American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies or AAACS (April 2017) • Research Question: Why are non-white scholars noticeably absent from the philosophy of education for an increasing cultural diverse student population?
West Chester University: Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Interdisciplinary Conference (April 2018) • Presentation of Research: Navigating Racial Battle Fatigue: Incorporating Critical Race Theory Tenants in The Graduate School Experience
Edinboro University—MLK Award Recipient (February 2018)
Annual Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Research Course Graduate (2017) African Americans and Education co-sponsored by Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), Urban Education Collaborative, Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, and the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network