Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Lewis Brooks grew up in the Hueytown area. Upon graduation from high school, he attended the University of Montevallo on a basketball scholarship. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master’s degree, and an Educational Specialist degree, all three in Education from the University of Montevallo. He received his Doctor of Education degree from Samford University. Dr. Brooks has been an educator in the State of Alabama for 28 years and throughout his career has served in many capacities including teacher, principal, Elementary District Coordinator, Middle School District Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent of Administration, and Deputy Superintendent. After 24 years of working in the district, Dr. Brooks was elected Superintendent of Shelby County Schools on June 5, 2018 and took office on January 3, 2019.
Dr. Brooks serves on many committees in the Shelby County community including the DAY Program board of directors a program for at risk youth, the Educational Leadership Advisory Committee at the University of Montevallo, and has received numerous awards for his service. He is the recipient of the University of Montevallo’s “Distinguished Alumni Award” and “Outstanding Alumnus Award”, the Alabama Association of Prevention and Support Services “Sue B. Adams Leadership Award”, the Samford University “Learning For Life Award”, and most recently, the recipient of Samford University’s “Orlean Beeson School of Education Featured Alumnus Award” which highlights alumnus for exceptional character, leadership, and professional achievement. Dr. Brooks also serves on the personnel committee at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church and the University of Montevallo National Alumni Board of which he serves as the vice president of awards and recognition. He is currently serving as an adjunct professor for Samford University.
With his passion for teaching, learning and leadership, Dr. Brooks spends a great deal of his time mentoring and supporting young people. He believes that his purpose in life is to give more to the world than he takes away and to be a servant leader in all that he does.
Dr. Brooks is committed to a continued and renewed focus on excellence for Shelby County Schools. As we continue our vision of becoming a model of excellence in education, Dr. Brooks’ leadership is driven by:
- School Improvement & Safety
- Community Partnerships
- Innovation & Creativity
- Leadership Development
- Organizational Commitment
- Recruiting & Retaining Highly Trained, Motivated Employees
revised January, 2019