Chicago Teacher Residency™ Coaching Support

Each AUSL training school site has a full-time site director to support the residents and their mentors. Mentor Resident Coaches (MRCs) focus entirely on coaching residents and the school’s teachers and help provide linkages between university coursework and the classroom experience for residents. They also supplement the Mentor teacher’s work with additional professional development in curriculum and instruction.

Mentor Resident Coaches

Kathy Barabasz

Mentor Resident Coach at Chicago Academy High School & Solorio Academy High School

Kathy served as a mentor teacher at The Chicago Academy before taking on the role of Mentor-Resident coach. She strives to support teachers to meet the learning needs of all students and especially the unique needs of students with disabilities.

Kai Murray

Mentor Resident Coach at Dewey & National Teachers Academy

Kai’s connection to AUSL is through the Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois partnership. She is part of the 1st class of statewide scholars. Her natural curiosity about all aspects of education inspires her to develop and deepen her understanding of the work and pushes her to stay current & flexible.

Christina Camacho

Mentor Resident Coach at Marquette & Tarkington School of Excellence

Christina served as a high school literacy coach and lead teacher. She has also taught middle grades using AUSL’s curricular resource, Expeditionary Learning and Eureka Math. She embodies a relentless will to learn and her passion for social justice and collaboration drive her to stay focused on building relationships that support teachers in moving their practice.

Katie Peterson

Mentor Resident Coach at Howe & The Chicago Academy

Katie is a proud alumnae of the first class of AUSL residents in 2003 and since then has been a classroom teacher, AUSL network coach and Mentor Resident coach. She loves supporting teachers and is passionate about literacy research, growth mindset and developing culturally responsive schools.

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