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Katherine Mathews

Northside College Prep
School Counselor
Northside College Prep
Katie Mathews has been at Northside College Prep since Fall 2012. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Valparaiso University where she graduated Magna cum Laude. She also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology in School Counseling from the University of Connecticut where she also graduated with honors.  She has served as a school counselor in a variety of school settings and was also the Asst. Director of Admission at Valparaiso University for four years. She has had the opportunity to share her research on how to make school counselors better college counselors at various professional conferences including: The American School Counseling Association, The National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, as well as Ed Trust.In Fall of 2018, Katie was invited to serve on the inaugural School Counselor Advisory Board for Northern Illinois University. In 2020, Katie was honored to receive the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award for Dedication to the Field of Education by Coca-Cola Scholar Ruba Memon (NCP '20) as well as Honorable Mention for the Illinois School Counselor Association's Ray Piagentini High School Counselor of the Year Award.  She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor & School Counselor; she also serves on the Model Counselor Advisory Board as well as was on the Diverse Learner Task Force for Chicago Public Schools.  At NCP, Katie is the Students in Temporary Living Situations Liaison, the Peer Mentor Faculty Sponsor, and runs Kato's Corner, the "free general store" for all NCP students.Katie is also a proud CPS parent, a former farm kid, a stress baker, a jazz enthusiast, and she LOVES her NCP kiddos! She lives in Jefferson Park with her husband Tom, 9-year-old daughter Sophie, 5-year-old daughter Evie, and dog Donny.