Tracey Shafroth (2011)

There hasn't been an aspect of North Shore Country Day School that Tracey hasn't touched—students, faculty, staff, parents, Board members, alumni—all have been enriched by Tracey—her magic, her insight, her awareness, her energy and her warmth. Tracey's remarkable contributions to the School continue to be so far-reaching that they are difficult, if not impossible, to measure.


Tracey's instincts for schools were honed through her own educational experiences. She attended The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY and Colorado College in her native Colorado. Her career has focused on the non-profit sector. She has directed and consulted with a number of Chicago-area family foundations. Tracey and her husband, Michael Elam, have two sons who were lifers at North Shore—John class of 2007, and Jamie class of 2010.

There hasn't been an aspect of North Shore Country Day School that Tracey hasn't touched—students, faculty, staff, parents, Board members, alumni—all have been enriched by Tracey—her magic, her insight, her awareness, her energy and her warmth. Tracey's remarkable contributions to the School continue to be so far-reaching that they are difficult, if not impossible, to measure.

Tracey's instincts for schools were honed through her own educational experiences. She attended The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY and Colorado College in her native Colorado. Her career has focused on the non-profit sector. She has directed and consulted with a number of Chicago-area family foundations. Tracey and her husband, Michael Elam, have two sons who were lifers at North Shore—John class of 2007, and Jamie class of 2010.

It's hard to imagine anyone who has contributed more broadly to any school. Tracey's breadth of experience has been invaluable to North Shore. She was a member of our Board of Trustees from 1995-2010, served as Vice Chair, Chair of Committee on Trustees, and on the Executive, Education, Communications, Diversity, Global Awareness, Strategic Planning and Capital Campaign committees. She served on the Head of School Search Committee in 1999-2000. She made a difference as a parent, a mother, an unofficial "aunt," a friend, a mentor and a role-model to young and old alike. She taught students bead-making, glass blowing and philanthropy.

Tracey is wise and attuned, a skillful leader and a great team player. She values what the School values, connecting to all and providing hands-on energy that inspires others. She is a get-it-done, roll-up-your-sleeves, lock-arms leader. Tracey "gets it"—from the big picture to the tiniest details. She has long-term vision and short-term strategy. She is honest, direct and sensitive.

As fellow Trustee and previous Hannaford recipient Jeff Colman said, "You have been an incredible guiding light for North Shore for so many years. You have been an inspiration to me, to many other Trustees, to many teachers and many more in our North Shore community." In typical Tracey fashion, when told she would be this year's recipient of the Hannaford Recognition, she replied with disbelief that in fact she has received much more than she has given.

Presented to Tracey Shafroth by Head of School Tom Doar III
October 13, 2011
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North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.

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