Somer Lewis currently serves as the NC NTSP Regional Director and Professional Development System School-University Partnership Director in the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In her role, Lewis oversees a nationally recognized School-University Partnership, which consists of 12 partnership districts, including one Department of Defense District, a university laboratory school, and two public charter schools. She is responsible for facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships that support teacher recruitment and retention efforts, providing support for pre-service teachers, and structuring ongoing professional learning opportunities for veteran teacher leaders and school administrators. Lewis holds a Master’s degree and is National Board Certified. Her research interests include online learning for K-12 students, beginning teacher preparation and retention, school-university partnerships and teacher leadership.