As the only accredited standalone graduate school for teachers in Chicago, Relay plays a critical role in ensuring that Chicago's students have access to highly prepared, effective educators. Relay Chicago programs are designed to help new teachers become effective as quickly as possible, and help good teachers become truly great.
As founding dean of Relay Chicago, Mindy Sjoblom oversees all aspects of teacher preparation in the Windy City. Before joining Relay, Sjoblom served as director of curriculum and instruction, then as principal, at Rauner College Prep. While she was principal, Sjoblom’s students earned the highest average ACT scores in the school’s history. Before that, she served as founding humanities teacher at the Crossroads School in Baltimore. Sjoblom, an alumna of Teach For America, earned an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University; her Certificate of Advanced Study from National Louis University, through the KIPP School Leadership Program; and her B.A. in political science from Butler University.
In 2014, Relay Chicago partnered with the Noble Network of Charter Schools, a growing network of high-performing public high schools in Chicago’s highest-need neighborhoods, to create the Chicago Teaching Residency. Since then, Relay Chicago has expanded its partnerships to other networks throughout Chicago.The Residency provides a clear pathway to a career in teaching, beginning with a position at one of our partner campuses.