2017 MaryLou Davis

From a young age, MaryLou Davis wanted to be a teacher. That dream became a reality when she completed her degree in elementary education in 1969. After graduation, she began her teaching career at University Hills Elementary School in Las Cruces.

While working on her degree at NMSU, MaryLou met her husband, Jack Davis ’68 ’73. In the 1970s, she and Jack relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where they still live today. MaryLou worked in the Phoenix Elementary School District for 15 years as a teacher and administrator. While in Phoenix, she furthered her education by completing an Associate of Arts degree in Child Development from Maricopa Community College and Master’s in Education from Grand Canyon University.

MaryLou’s professional excellence is driven by her conviction that everyone has a right to an education and her commitment to advocate for children. She began teaching at an inner city school in the 1990s so she could focus on the needs of students in low socio-economic communities. Due to her dedication to students and mentorship to other teachers, she was awarded Master Teacher status by the school district. MaryLou was appointed to the Maricopa County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, serving as an advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system.

MaryLou made her life’s work to advocate for children and promote education for all. In 2000, she was one of the founders of Foster Angels of Arizona Serving Together (FAAST), a program committed to developing opportunities to help foster children break out of poverty and abuse. She served on several boards including Camp Fire Boys and Girls Club and Arizona Foundation for Women. Additionally, she was the past chairman on the board for Gompers Habilitation Center, a program that serves people of all ages with mental and physical disabilities.