Retirement is the Gift that Keeps on Giving
Meet Author Dr. Nancy Ellis-Robinson

Redefining Retirement
Dr. Nancy Ellis-Robinson

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.

At the age of 14, Dr. Ellis learned to play the piano in her father’s church. Over the years she became an accomplished musician serving numerous churches in her long career as a church pianist, organist, and choral director. Today, she plays for her own church as a way to give back. In retirement, she also took up distance swimming and is proud that in 2019 she swam over 100 miles.

Dr. Ellis has always loved to travel. She especially enjoys exploring new places with her husband Alderson Robinson. Together they traveled to a familiar and favorite site – Green County, Alabama. Her visits became the inspiration for her second book, Greene County: A Memoir of Home. In the book, Dr. Ellis gathered memories of her family home in rural Green County, Alabama, and explores the Great Migration that displaced thousands of African-American families and brought her own family to Chicago. Dr. Ellis suggests that readers will “experience the joy, wonder, and love of her cherished home through her eyes.”

While Dr. Ellis will continue to enjoy the many gifts that retirement brings from swimming, playing piano, doing trivia and puzzles, and traveling, her next adventure will be promoting her book at book signing parties. Until then, the book is available at Amazon


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