In honor of Dr. Nancy Davis' years of service to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her passion for reading and literacy, the Nancy Davis Collection was established this semester by her colleagues and students. The collection consists of children's books housed at the Garfield Park Preparatory Academy Library. Over the past several months, contributors donated funds in her honor to be used for the current GPPA Library collection and to add new books in the years to come. To date, nearly $700 has been raised to support the collection.
Over the past decade, Dr. Davis has served The Chicago School as an associate professor with the I/O and Business Psychology Department and associate vice president of academic affairs. She retired from her administrative role in August. Today, she remains active with The Chicago School as a professor with the Online Campus and continues her work as the president and founder of Consulting Dynamics Inc., a consulting firm engaged in organization development.
"I was surprised to receive the honor the school gave me," said Dr. Davis. "I have been pleased to fulfill TCS leadership roles since I found them challenging and rewarding; I had trusted that my work would be my legacy. Having a book collection in my name is beyond expectation. I am honored and humbled. I dream that we can fund the collection enough to have 100 books per child and turn every child of Garfield Academy into voracious readers. As a child, I did not have many books in my home and counted on the school as my source. I learned to love to read because I found special books at my school."
Garfield Park Preparatory Academy (GPPA), a new school that opened in fall 2009, under Chicago Public School's Renaissance 2010 initiative, is the result of an endeavor led by the Applied Behavior Analysis Department and TCS administrators to establish an elementary school that would improve elementary education in unique and powerful ways and also leverage the talents of Chicago School faculty and graduate students.
For more information on GPPA visit www.garfieldparkprep.org/about-gppa/
To learn how to contribute to the Nancy Davis Collection, contact MWilliams@thechicagoschool.edu.