McAuliffe Manual Middle School Assistant Principal Natalie Lewis has been selected by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) as part of the prestigious 2017-2019 Jackson Scholars Program. The Jackson Scholars Program develops future faculty of color for the field of educational leadership and policy. A graduate of DPS Manual High School, Lewis began her career as a substitute teacher in Philadelphia. Her experience led her to pursue educational leadership through participating in the Ritchie program for School Leaders and then her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Denver in order to be a leader for under-served populations. “I am excited, honored, and extremely privileged to receive this award,” Lewis said. “This sets me on a path to my ultimate goal to blend educational theory and practice.” Lewis plans to utilize this program to create more equitable opportunities where educators can integrate research into their schools and classrooms. The UCEA Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network began in November 2003. The two-year program provides formal networking, mentoring, and professional development for graduate students of color.