Beverly LaCoste, a leadership coach with UIC College of Education's Urban Education Leadership program, has more than 38 years' experience as a teacher, principal and district level administrator in several urban school districts. She has also served as a consultant to Chicago Public Schools in partnership with the University of Chicago and the Alderman of the 4th Ward; Special Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Atlanta Public School District; Human Resource Consultant for Clayton County Public Schools, and Chief of Staff of St. Louis Public Schools.
As principal of Kenwood Academy High School, LaCoste received the Chicago Public Schools Principal of Excellence Award, and later as Pre-K-12 principal of Wendell Phillips High School and Wells Prep Elementary School, LaCoste received the Illinois Institute of Technology Community Award for Education. Her schools have been recognized for outstanding improvement in reading, attendance and overall student achievement.
Throughout her career, she directly and indirectly has partnered with many organizations/foundations to help guide initiatives that left an impact on the lives students and their families, including: The Annie E. Casey Foundation; Atlanta Housing Authority, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Centers for New Horizons, Chicago Housing Authority, Enterprise Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Joyce Foundation and Mercy Hospital-School Clinic..
She has an extensive background working with distinguished organizations, foundations and universities to build and enhance professional capacity of teachers to deliver quality instruction that promotes student achievement.
LaCoste has taught school administration and school law to master’s degree students at Concordia University, Cambridge College and Indiana Wesleyan University.