Lauren Perez Pietruszka

Freshman Success Coach


Lauren Perez Pietruszka is a Freshman Success Coach with the Network for College Success. Her career in education is built on the belief that all students deserve an education full of authentic engagement, rigor, and opportunity. As a Freshman AVID and literacy teacher in Chicago Public Schools, she implemented curriculum rooted in celebrating students’ identities while advocating for equitable access to postsecondary paths. She supported teachers in this work as a Course Team Lead, CHAMPS Coach, and Freshman Grade Level Lead, by collaborating to transform the Freshman experience and improve student success.

Prior to joining NCS, she coached pre-service teachers, primarily first-generation college students, across Illinois in her role as Director of Academic and Social Emotional Supports at the Golden Apple Foundation. With almost 10 years of educational experience, students’ voices, academic, social, and emotional needs continue to be at the core of her work.

Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Illinois Wesleyan University with concentrations in education and psychology. She holds her Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English with a literacy endorsement from National Louis University.