Johnna Lyons, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education

What happened after high school?

I was recruited by several colleges for basketball, but I chose to stay in my home state of WV and go to the largest school.  WVU-West Virginia University came calling and I loved the big coliseum.  So, I signed with the Mountaineers and was a little freshman point guard who had averaged around 20 points and made 36 in one memorable game in high school, but looked around a huge coliseum and thought…” what have I done?”  We practiced all the time-which I loved, and traveled (flew on planes, took fast trains, traveled on decked out buses) all the time.  We barely had time to go to class at all.  That was so much fun! So, that is how my college career started. Since then, I have been to several other schools.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t play basketball in grad school.  I graduated from West Virginia State University, then earned a Master’s degree from Longwood University and subsequently a Doctorate from the University of Sarasota, FL. My dissertation included research regarding the block scheduling effect and students with disabilities.  

My degrees and licensure include: Educational Leadership, Supervision and Administration, Superintendent, Principal K-12, EC Program Administrator, Special Educator, Physical Education K-12

Research Interests include institutional accreditation research for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP provides evidence based accreditation and standards to ensure education preparation providers (EPPs) impart future teachers with knowledge and skills to support the development of all students.

I recently attended and completed seminars, webinars and conferences qualifying and being selected as a national/international site visitor for CAEP.  I plan to become active on teams which go into universities and colleges and review educator programs for accreditation. 

Additionally, I consult with several local education agencies throughout the year and meet with teachers and administrators regarding educational law/ethics scenarios and students with disabilities/compliance issues.

Being a professor at Salem is very fulfilling.

  • PhD, University of Sarasota, FL
  • MA, Longwood University
  • BA, West Virginia State University