A firm believer in a community pulling itself up by its bootstraps, Lewis Spears has devoted his life and career to manifesting this philosophy. Having been born and raised in the Booker T. Washington Projects, he saw, first-hand how a lack of education, direction, and mentorship negatively impacts one’s quality of life.
For nearly a decade, he has taught across grade levels, focusing primarily on developing the special education population and providing access to up-to-date curriculum with little to no assistance. He was educated in the JCPS and then went on to receive his B.A. from Rutgers University. Lewis continued his formal education at New Jersey City University, receiving a Masters of Arts in Urban Education to enhance his teaching pedagogy. In his pursuit to become an educational leader and increase his influence, Lewis attained an Educational Masters in School Leadership from Harvard University. While attending Harvard, he was honored as the Class Marshal, an esteemed award given for exemplary Scholarship in Action, excellent critical-thinking skills, and academic excellence.
As a conscious instructor, child advocate and effective leader, Lewis aims to share his talents with anyone aspiring to defy mediocrity. Lewis is the Founder and President of Kismet of Kings, Inc. This enterprise provides a constructivist approach to developing good character. The curriculum highlights prominent Black/Latino men who made significant contributions to the world and utilize their knowledge through project-based learning.
Lewis was afforded the opportunity to travel abroad and teach in Johannesburg, South Africa, through the Teach With Africa program. Through this endeavor, he was able to deliver a fresh perspective that will continue to stimulate human potential despite environmental challenges. He has taken lessons learned while in South Africa to provoke teachers and students alike, to take a deeper look internally and externally to promote authentic living and communal responsibility.
Lewis is passionate about enlightening the next generation and takes great pride in fostering positive connections and providing endless support. Currently, he works as a Crisis Intervention Teacher with the Jersey City Board of Education where he is committed to improving how education is executed on a daily basis.
Lewis is grounded in his faith and is an active member of his church community. He is happily married to Dr. Myriam Spears and a proud dad to AJ. He is committed to building their family while continuing to create a legacy of upward mobility and service.