Lew Davis, former faculty

“I consider the 15 years (1966-81) I spent in the Middle and Lower Schools at North Shore to have been instrumental in the development of my teaching philosophy and in my growth as an educator and as a person. I learned so much from my interactions with my students, from their parents with whom I had contact, from my colleagues and from the administrators who guided me in the divisions in which I worked.
My experiences as a teacher, coach, camp counselor, school bus driver have all stayed with me to this day: The raucous debates in 6th, 7th and 8th Grade social studies; the 4th Grade production of the original script forJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoatfor Morning Ex; the winning and losing of the teams I coached; playing pirates with first grade campers on the beach; picking up students at 7 a.m. on the bus; driving Upper Schoolers to do community-service work on Chicago’s West Side; working backstage on Upper School productions; organizing ski trips to the Rockies for spring break; lengthy Tuesday afternoon faculty meetings; and the formal and informal times with parents—all experiences I remember as helping me to develop both as a new and maturing educator and as a person. North Shores’s emphasis on supporting the growth of the individual academically, emotionally, physically and socially while including each as a member of a larger “family” community applies not only to its students, but also, in my case, to those who work with them. Moving on to four other schools, I tried to integrate what I learned at North Shore into my new classroom and administrative experiences. I feel fortunate to still have friendships with those with whom I encountered at North Shore, and I love learning about the changes and trends that the School has embraced and strengthen since my departure. In the hope of giving back to North Shore for what I received and to enable it to continue its mission in the future, I am pleased to include North Shore in the plans for my estate.”
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