Q&A: Perelman Jewish Day School President Tracey Specter

The community activist and president of the Perelman Jewish Day School shares her favorite meals from Sweetgreen, which Nancy Drew titles is her favorite, and more.

Tracey Specter, Gladwyne 

Recipient of the Junior League of Philadelphia’s Susan B. Myers Leadership and Community Activism Award; President, Perelman Jewish Day School

Coolest thing about her job: The impact. 

The last thing she read: The Haunted Bridge, a Nancy Drew mystery by Carolyn Keene, which I read with my 12-year-old daughter. I loved watching her be as excited as I was at her age. 

The last thing she ate that she loved: I’m obsessed with the salads at Sweetgreen in Ardmore

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Role models: My mom, because she always puts family first and values others. My husband, because he’s a doer and a giver. 

Pet peeve: Someone not telling me when I have food stuck in my teeth. 

What she likes most about herself: That I’m athletic and a foodie. 

What she likes most about others: I like people who are confident, positive and can make fun of themselves. 

Ketchup or mustard? I preferred ketchup until I was 40; now, I’m a huge mustard fan. There’s a mustard that goes well with every food.  

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Words to live by: “It’s great to be an American,” said by my father-in-law, Arlen Specter. 

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