Garland Thomas-McDavid - Baumhart Scholar
Garland is President of North Lawndale College Preparatory High School (NLCP). NLCP seeks to create transformational leaders by preparing young people from under-resourced communities for graduation from high school with the academic skills and personal resilience necessary for the successful completion of college. She is excited to lead this organization as it resonates with her personal journey and has sustained itself in education reform for more than twenty years, offering its students the most innovative and progressive supports in education. Under her leadership, NLCP has thrived and continues to stand out as a leading choice for families on Chicago’s west side. Garland credits the successes and accomplishments achieved under her administration to organizational health and the amazing drive and dedication of the team at NLCP.
Dr. Thomas-McDavid is a proven leader with a background spanning over 17 years in the field of education. Before NLCP, she served Civitas Education Partners as their Chief Executive Officer and achieved a number of substantial wins across academics, finances, and enrollment. Before this, Garland was a Lead Principal for Noble, which involved coaching principals and the Founding Principal of the Johnson College Prep Campus in Englewood. Dr. Thomas-McDavid has also served as an Assistant Principal and held multiple positions serving students in Naperville and Romeoville, Illinois. She has taught graduate courses as an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University’s School of Education where she completed her doctoral studies. Her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees were earned from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.