CEDAR LAKE — The dream of being a teacher eventually led Mary Tracy-MacAulay down a path that has resulted in her becoming the new superintendent of Hanover School Corp.
Tracy-MacAulay, who currently serves as curriculum director and assistant superintendent for the district, was named superintendent March 13 in a unanimous vote by the Hanover Board of Trustees.
She will begin her tenure on July 1, following the retirement of current Superintendent Thomas Taylor. Her contract calls for three years of service at an annual salary of $119,000.
Tracy-MacAulay said the board asked “if I was interested” after Taylor announced his impending retirement. First on the agenda will be working on the corporation’s strategic plan, she said.
“First and foremost on (our minds) is growth. We want to be proactive, how we’re going to accommodate all that growth, how to provide services for our kids," she said.
“It’s such an exciting time for our district. I’m really excited to be here. I love Hanover. The people are just incredibly warm, dedicated, committed to the kids.”
Tracy-MacAulay has been in her current position at Hanover since 2015. Prior to coming to Hanover, she was assistant superintendent in Portage Township Schools. She also has served as a teacher, a principal and an adjunct professor at both Ivy Tech Community College and DeVry University.
Tracy-MacAulay has a bachelor’s degree in special education from Valparaiso University, a master’s in elementary education from Purdue University Northwest and currently is completing a doctorate from Indiana State University in Terre Haute. She received her superintendent’s license from ISU in 2011.
Tracy-MacAulay said she was inspired to enter education while still in high school. She was introduced to a student with severe disabilities, and it made her want to work with students who struggle, she said. She eventually was encouraged by her colleagues to move into administration.