Kari Harris
Network Capacity Coach, Northern Illinois

Kari Harris is a MTSS Network Capacity Coach in the northern region of Illinois. She has educational experience as a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, a literacy coach, and as an instructional coach. Kari has served at both the building and district level in a variety of ways. She has provided numerous professional developments and assisted in developing School Improvement Plans. Kari was a member of various teams including Building Leadership Team, District Leadership Team, MTSS, PBIS, and Problem Solving team.   


Kari is also an adjunct faculty member of the Masters of Reading program at Concordia University, Chicago. In this role she has taught all courses, including Beginning Reading, Research in Children’s Literature, Diagnostic Assessment and Evaluation, and Elementary and Secondary Practicums. 


Kari has presented at numerous academic conferences including Illinois Council of Instructional Coaches, Illinois Reading Conference, West Suburban Reading Conference, Chicago Area Reading Conference, and Concordia University Literacy Conference.


Kari earned a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (1998), a Masters of Education from DePaul University, Chicago (2004), and a Masters of Arts - IL Principal Preparation from Concordia University, Chicago (2018).  Kari holds an Illinois Professional Educator License with the following endorsements: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Reading Specialist K-12, Learning Behavior Specialist 1 PreK-21, Learning Disabilities PreK-21, Social Sciences and Principal.