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Palmer Takes Home 2015 Club Championship
This year Palmer, who’s been a member of the County Club of Troy for more than 30 years, bested Dan Ireland, four and three, to win his fourth club championship.
Palmer retired as Schools Superintendent but was Interim Schools Superintendent at Berne-Knox-Westerlo Schools from 2013-14. He's currently writing a solutions-based book called “Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform.”
Lonnie Palmer started his education career in 1970 at Hackett Middle School in Albany, NY. With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Union College, he taught on a temporary basis for one year when he was drafted into the US Army. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War working as a Science Research Assistant in a science lab in Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland, between 1971 and 1973.
Palmer was originally planning to continue his education and get a Ph.D. in physics, but life (and the draft during the Vietnam War) redirected him. The temporary stint as a teacher before he was drafted into the U.S. Army prompted Palmer to go back to teaching high school when he was released.
His first teaching job after being released by the U.S. Army was in Spackenkill, NY, where he taught math (grades 9 thru 12), Physics, Earth Science, Calculus and AP Physics.
He eventually became Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum in the socioeconomically diverse New Rochelle School District, 20 miles north of New York City and superintendent of schools for urban and rural school districts in New York State. He also worked as a school turnaround specialist in schools in New York, North Carolina and Hawaii.
After a 40-year-career that culminated with stints as an interim superintendent of two school districts, one urban and one rural, Palmer is busy writing a solutions-based book called “Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform.”
To receive notice when the solutions-based book “Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform” is available for purchase, email lonniepalmer4@