Earlier this week, faculty, staff, trustees and friends gathered to salute Pam Whalley and Emily Denesha on their retirements from North Shore after 23 years and 29 years, respectively. It was a fitting tribute to both Pam and Emily. A wonderful cross section of the School community came to acknowledge their very meaningful contributions. The energy, spirit and sense of warmth were felt by all in attendance. We had a short program to formally wish Pam and Emily well and to offer our very genuine thanks.
As the sequence of the remarks played out, Pam was the last to speak. Pam made it clear she hadn’t been looking forward to the point in the evening when she would give her remarks. As we all know, Pam is much more comfortable when the spotlight is on her students and not on herself. After thanking a number of people, she thanked North Shore. “One of the things I love about North Shore is that the School instills a curiosity in children that is carried on long after they leave. North Shore helps students find their passion and follow it.” She commented that she has seen generations of North Shore students become empowered and leave North Shore with the confidence to take on whatever they can imagine. As an example, Pam acknowledged neither her son Ned ’04, a journalist currently living and working in Beirut, nor Nick ’02, a business consultant currently on assignment in London, were able to be there on Tuesday night. Their incredibly poignant email softened Pam’s disappointment, as did the fact that they were doing what North Shore had taught them – following their dreams and their passions.
Thank you Pam, thank you Emily and thank you all North Shore teachers, for all you have done for our School and for our students – igniting their curiosity, inspiring their creative problem-solving and encouraging them to pursue their dreams.
North Shore Country Day School is a private, college-prep school for high school, middle school and elementary school students in Winnetka, IL, a suburb of Chicago.