Nancy Tracy Endowment
The Nancy Tracy Teaching Excellence Award
During her forty-year tenure at Mount Tamalpais School, Nancy Tracy was one of the most revered of Mount Tamalpais School's many excellent teachers. To honor her service and recognize future outstanding Mount Tamalpais School educators, we established the Nancy Tracy Teaching Excellence Award in Spring of 2020.
The Award will be given every other year at Commencement to a teacher who has been at MTS for more than three years and embodies the spirit of Nancy's excellence in their pedagogy and care for students. The recipient will have the same commitment to teaching, learning, and community spirit that Nancy demonstrated over the years. The award winner will receive a cash grant of approximately $7,500 to spend on a trip or experience that will enrich their professional and personal life.
Nancy was, of course, the first recipient of the Award, given at Commencement in June 2020.
The Nancy Tracy Teaching Excellence Award is funded by the Nancy Tracy Teaching Excellence Endowment. Income generated from the Endowment, following the MTS Endowment Policy, will be used to fund the Award. Income in the excess of the Award will be used to fund the MTS professional development budget.
Questions? Contact Mimi Van Son, Director of Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, 805-798-0720.
In Their Own Words
MTS Alumni share how Nancy Tracy shaped their love of learning.
“I REMEMBER GETTING TO COLLEGE AND THINKING TO MYSELF, ‘NANCY TRACY PREPARED ME FOR THIS!’”
—KATIE HOCH (HALSTED) ‘03
“I STILL USE NANCY TRACY STUDY SKILLS IN MY EVERYDAY LIFE! THE CARD BOX DOES NOT FAIL.”
—SOPHIA KELLEY ‘10
“I went to a funky high school, and I didn't take any humanities tests between eighth grade and my first year of college. Presented with my first test in college, terror turned to pride as I realized that the skills Nancy taught me all those years ago were not only still relevant, but also the key to a perfect grade! I also remember fondly the times Nancy orchestrated in the classroom. Every activity we did with her was equal parts fun and intellectual challenge—think archaeological digs and colonial cooking and pilgrimages to Mecca! Nancy was one of my formative teachers. She emboldened me to think of myself as a critical thinker and a scholar and I am forever grateful.”
—MABEL TAYLOR ‘10
“I have great things to say about Nancy Tracy. If it wasn't for the highlighting and outlining skills she taught me in 6th grade, I wouldn't have graduated law school and passed the bar to be a lawyer.”
—DYLAN PORTER ‘06
“IT HAS BEEN 18 YEARS SINCE I SAT IN NANCY’S CLASS, AND I WOULD NOT BE WHERE I AM TODAY WITHOUT HER GUIDANCE. NANCY REPRESENTS WHAT A TRUE EDUCATION IS ALL ABOUT: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT THAT CONTRIBUTES TO LONG TERM SUCCESS AND JOY IN CAREER AND LIFE.”
—COURTNEY BIGONY ‘04
“Nancy Tracy is a force of nature, a pillar of the MTS community, and a treasure to all fortunate enough to know her. As a current law student, I still rely on some of the outlining organizational principles she taught my class nearly 15 years ago. While I remain immensely grateful for the practical study skills she imparted, I most appreciated the many times Nancy challenged us to be kind, empathetic, and purposive in our actions.”
—DUNCAN HOSIE ‘08