Mary Ann Pitcher is the Co-Director for the Network of College Success. She supervises the day-to-day operations of NCS programming, including the monthly Collaboratives and on-site coaching for participants. Before working at NCS, Mary Ann co-founded the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago (YWLCS) where she served as Co-Director from 2000-2005. She led the school through its start-up phase and its first two graduating classes. Chicago Public School Score Card 2005 data indicated YWLCS as first, of 58 non-selective schools, for both freshmen graduating in five years and graduates enrolled in college or post-secondary education. Prior to YWLCS, Mary Ann taught English at Harper High School where she founded FACETS (Foods Academy Connecting Education to Technology), a small school within Harper with a focus on education-to-careers. She received her B.A. in English and her secondary teaching certificate from Loyola University of Chicago. She received her Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago.