Lead Postsecondary Coach
Regina Pretekin is the Lead Postsecondary Coach with the Network for College Success. Regina collaborates with Chicago Public Schools counselors to provide pre-college counseling to high school students in order to improve graduation rates, college acceptance rates and overall academic achievement. As a first-generation college student herself, Regina found preparing for standardized tests, applying for financial aid and completing other college application prerequisites in high school to be difficult. The lack of support in her own college process in high school was a driving factor in Regina’s interest in counseling students for college preparation.
Regina earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior in 2003 from University of California, Irvine, and earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from University of Southern California. During her studies at USC, Regina became a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, a highly selective academic honors organization.
Regina has worked as a Social Skills Therapist and Attention Trainer through a pilot program with the University of California, Irvine, and at the Children's Hospital of Orange County treating and managing young children at risk for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). After graduation from USC Rossier, Regina served as a lead school counselor in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Following budget cuts, which eliminated many faculty positions in the district, Regina decided that she wanted a change, and chose to continue her counseling career in Chicago. After five years as a Counseling Department Chair with Chicago Public Schools, Regina joined the Network for College Success at the University of Chicago, and though she no longer works with students on a day-to-day basis, she believes that addressing issues in education on a larger scale is just as fulfilling.
After moving to Chicago, Regina was also able to further another one of her passions—yoga—and became certified to teach.