A retired CPS elementary school teacher and principal of the Simon Guggenheim Elementary School, Dr. Nancy Ellis-Robinson accomplished many things as a working professional but just as much in retirement. She says, “retirement is a gift,” and over the last two decades she has enjoyed the unexpected opportunities that have come her way.
Dr. Ellis’ teaching career began in fifth grade when she stood in the front of her own class teaching fractions when her teacher did not arrive to class on time. Later on, she pursued a teaching degree and received her bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University, her master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision from Roosevelt University, a master’s in Innercity Studies from Northeastern Illinois University, and an EdD from Loyola University of Chicago. She was a faculty member at Cambridge College, in Cambridge, Mass., and taught and worked in Administration for 20 years in their School of Education. She is also published in the Journal of Minority Education and the author of Looking for a Party, Interaction Lessons for Children.