Betsy Perkins Hill '70 (2015)

After graduation from North Shore in 1970, Betsy attended Wellesley College graduating in 1974 Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. She has an M.B.A. from J.L. Kellogg School of Management and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Northwestern University. She began her career in education as a teacher at North Shore Country Day School and her passion for education has continued throughout her distinguished career in various businesses and educational settings. 
Betsy is an experienced educator. She has studied the application of neuroscience to teaching and learning with Dr. Patricia Wolfe and other experts; and works with educators, clinicians and corporate trainers on using neuroscience research to focus on some of the most perplexing problems in education, including closing the gap for historically underperforming students. She addressed issues of college and career preparedness as a trustee and board chair at Chicago State University. She teaches strategy at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and the University of Illinois Chicago. She recalled that her earliest interest and curiosity in neuroscience might be traced back to Lower School at North Shore when she was involved in an EEG study that she later wrote a report on for biology in 9th grade.

She is President and COO of The BrainWare Company, and is responsible for general management of the company’s operations, establishment and integration of business processes, strategic partnerships and marketing programs, and directs the company’s Neuroscience in Education Webinar Series. She provides training and professional development on the company’s products, developed and serves as the primary instructor for the company’s online course From Synapses to Strategies and has spoken nationally and internationally on a variety of topics in neuroscience applied to education.

Betsy’s professional activities have included Former Board Chair and Trustee of Chicago State University, and former Trustee for North Shore Country Day School and Chair of the Education Committee. She has published numerous articles and produced a series of webinars on the subject of learning and the brain.

Betsy is part of a three-generation family who attended North Shore: her mother Phyllis Babb Perkins ’46, siblings Jerry Perkins ’73 and Susan Perkins ’76, and her three sons Jeremy ’98, Zachary ’00 and Andrew ’03.

Her impressive career and passion for education, which enhance learning abilities in the lives of children and adults, exemplifies the School motto of “Live and Serve.” North Shore County Day School proudly presents the 2015 Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition to Betsy Perkins Hill.

Presented October 3, 2015 by David Hines ’81
Alumni Board President, North Shore Country Day School
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.