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Educator, Author To Serve As ASU Honors Day Speaker

Original Publish Date: 
March 10, 2015

Special to the Metro

ALBANY, GA - Parenting expert, educator, author, and entrepreneur, Bisa Batten Lewis, Ed.D., will help to celebrate Albany State University’s top students as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Honors Day Convocation. The program will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13, in the ASU Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) Center. 

“I feel honored and privileged to return to my alma mater representing the power of the HBCU,” Lewis said. “I want students to learn from my address that they can break the ‘glass ceilings’ if they honor and embrace the ‘blue and gold’.”

The annual event serves to formally recognize and honor undergraduate students from all disciplines who have demonstrated superiority and excellence in achieving and excelling in academic course work and research. This year’s theme is “Preparing for Tomorrow: Honoring the Blue and Gold.”

“This theme relates to our students’ determination to accomplish goals and prepare for the future,” said Melvin Shelton, Ed.D., director of the ASU Center for Teaching, Learning & Scholarship. “In so doing, they are honoring the heritage of the university.”

More than 400 individuals will be recognized and honored. Recipients of the 2015 teacher, researcher and staff person of the year awards will also be announced.

 “Experiences at ASU prepare us to be anything we want to be, go anyplace we want to go, do anything we put our minds to,” Lewis said. “We’re as knowledgeable and qualified as anyone else in this world aspiring to do the same, if not more.  All we have to do is prepare ourselves by taking advantage of the opportunities placed before us. It’s not who we are that holds us back, it’s who we think we’re not.”

A South Georgia native and ASU alumnae, Lewis is the founder and CEO of Ideal Early Learning, LLC, an educational consulting firm, and WINGS Curriculum, LLC, an early learning curriculum company. She is a published author of education and parenting articles, college textbooks, children's books and music. She has also designed early childhood curricula, adult training curricula, and early learning handbooks.

Frequently referred to as “Dr. Bisa,” she is regularly sought after by educational agencies and non-profit organizations. Celebrities, magazines, and talk shows have also acquired her expertise on parenting, child development and learning, and best practices for mentoring, coaching, and training adults.

Lewis earned a master’s degree and doctorate in Adult Education with a concentration in College Leadership at the University of Georgia. She earned the Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees in Early Childhood Education from Albany State University.