Ms. Stronsky teaches students to be better readers and writers. She loves matching students to the right books through her lending library. When students start checking out texts by the dozens, she knows they are well on their way to seeing reading as a necessary part of their lives. Ms. Stronsky loves the Burley community because it is a caring, loving, intellectual group. Her mentors at Loyola University, Dr. Dorothy Giroux, Dr. Jane Hunt, and Dr. Janet Pierce-Ritter, challenge her to always be a better version of herself and a better teacher. She is also inspired by her peer mentor, Betty Scalia, who pushes her to reflect and to take her teaching to the next level. Ms. Stronsky became a teacher because she noticed as an undergrad that all the clubs she chose to join involved teaching: tutoring in Uptown; teaching English at the Literacy Center in Rogers Park, and so on. Once she declared her major, she has been teaching ever since!
In her spare time, Ms. Stronsky loves to write, and she has many children's books on her computer that she has started but not yet finished....someday! She loves spending time with her husband and three young girls. Ms. Stronsky grew up in St. Louis and is still a big Cardinals fan. She loves tennis and is named after Tracy Austin, the tennis player. When her parents and older brother immigrated to the States from the Philippines, to them she was the epitome of an All-American girl. Since she was the only one of the family born "in America" they wanted to give her an "American" name. Ms. Stronsky's all-time favorite book is The Little Prince, but she is such an avid reader that there are far too many favorites to name.