• Dr. Mary Tracy-MacAulay, Superintendent of Hanover Community School Corporation

  • Dr. Mary Tracy-MacAulay has been the superintendent of Hanover Community School Corporation since 2018 by a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees. Prior to this, she served as the Curriculum Director and Assistant Superintendent since 2015. Before joining the Hanover family, she was the Assistant Superintendent at Portage Township Schools. She also has experience as a teacher, a principal, and an adjunct professor at both Ivy Tech and DeVry Universities. Dr. MacAulay has a Bachelor's degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Valparaiso University, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University-Calumet a Superintendent’s License and Doctorate from Indiana State University.

    It is a very personal and inspiring story that explains Dr. Tracy-MacAulay’s path into the field of education. As a student in high school, Dr. MacAulay was introduced to a student with severe disabilities. “It was an instant feeling of empathy and a personal discovery that I might be able to help, that made me want to work with students who struggle.” The journey into school administration was inspired not from personal desire, but from the encouragement of colleagues. “They saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. It hadn’t even been a part of my conscious thought,” said Dr. MacAulay. “I heard, ‘you should be a principal’ often enough to make the decision to pursue the position. "Sometimes people see strengths and talents in someone that they might not see in themselves and they get you to move in the direction you should go.” 

    As an administrator, particularly as a principal, Dr. MacAulay found her passion and calling. “I absolutely loved being a principal. You get to know every single child and you get to grow with them and their family. You build strong relationships with students and staff and they really do become your extended family in a way you didn’t know existed.”

    Outside of her role as the Superintendent for Hanover Schools, Mary Tracy-MacAulay is a wife, mother, grandmother and avid reader.  Dr. MacAulay and her husband, Bill, are parents to a blended family of 3 children, 2 girls, Megan and Kristen, and one son, Davis, and a dog named Ernie.  She is the proud grandmother of two and spends as much time as possible with her family.  Her perfect Saturday would begin out on her deck with a good cup of coffee and quiet conversation, interspersed with laughter, with her husband.  “I cherish the time I spend with my family.  I like who they are as people and enjoy spending time with them,” said Dr. MacAulay. 

    Dr. MacAulay believes that Hanover is a destination, not a quick stop on a journey, for families and educators alike.  “I want everyone to know that Hanover is a place they want to be.  I want parents to be as proud of Hanover as I am.”