Network Leadership & Design

Lilly Cruz
Director of Content

Lilly is passionate about supporting teachers and ensuring that all students have access to a quality school experience.  She started her career in education as a Resident Teacher in the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a network within Chicago Public Schools that develops teachers through their Chicago Teacher Residency program and places them in their network of neighborhood schools.  

For over 12 years, Lilly served as a middle school ELA teacher, teacher leader and Mentor Teacher.  She then went on to become a Mentor Resident Coach for AUSL’s Chicago Teacher Residency program, where she directed and managed one of AUSL’s teacher training sites to develop and certify teachers before they became educators in AUSL Turnaround Schools. Before becoming the Director of Instructional Practice with Leading Educators, Lilly also served as an Assistant Principal at Pablo Casals School of Excellence, an AUSL Chicago Public School, where she leveraged her instructional leadership and teacher development experience to impact student success.  

Lilly lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.