Stories from the Field: Interview with Natalie Chustz

One of the requests that came through loud and clear on the MsHouser Annual Reader Survey, was to hear more “stories from the field.” Or an opportunity to learn from the experiences of real coaches doing the real work of coaching, day in and day out.

I’m right there with you, and I want to learn more too!

So I was so, super excited to kick off this new “Interview with a Coach” addition to the MsHouser blog, with an interview with Natalie Chustz.


Natalie is a second year instructional coach in a private school setting. Natalie is so easy going, friendly, and a total learner and we had such a fun time chatting. She really spent time to prepare for this interview, in an effort that the info she shared could “help a coach out there somewhere” – Natalie’s words :)

Here are some specific take-aways from our conversation:

  • How Natalie transitioned into instructional coaching
  • How Natalie works with her Director (during a time of transition)
  • Why it’s always important to continue to see yourself as a teacher
  • The importance of building relationships early on and how Natalie does it
  • How Natalie uses social media to connect with other coaches

Have any thoughts in response to this coaching convo? Let us know in the comments below.

And if you have any follow-up questions for Natalie or would like to connect with her further, here’s where you can find her:

Twitter: @natalieschustz

Thanks so much for being a part of this conversation!

Talk to you next week,


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7 Responses to “Stories from the Field: Interview with Natalie Chustz”

  1. Anjelica January 22, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    I am interested in learning more about the Wednesday twitter chat. Can you explain that a bit further? I am a brand new instructional coach, and I am always trying to learn new things.

    • Natalie Chustz January 24, 2016 at 9:03 am #

      Hi Anjelica,

      I created a little Google Doc about Twitter. Maybe this will help? Just click this link:

      It kind of shares my experiences of Twitter and some information about Twitter chats. The #educoach chat is on Wednesday I think 9pm my time (so CST). They have a lot of great coaches, admins, and some lead teachers that participate in this chat.

      Let me know if you need more information.

      Have a great day,

  2. Jackie January 23, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    I really enjoyed the video! I am a new coach this school year and I appreciate all the networking efforts and suggestions that were discussed.

    • Kristin Houser January 23, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

      Awesome! Thanks so much Jackie for your feedback. It’s great to hear :)

    • Natalie Chustz January 24, 2016 at 9:01 am #

      Thank you so much, Jackie! I was so nervous, but I think this is a great video for others to learn from. Welcome to the coaching field! I love my work everyday! :)

      Have a great day,

  3. Karen January 25, 2016 at 8:05 am #

    Thank you, this was helpful. I think new instructional coaches just want to feel “normal.” Watching an interview like this can be affirming.

    • Kristin Houser January 26, 2016 at 10:57 am #

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment Karen! I’m so glad you felt the interview affirmed your work.That was our goal :) Hope your first year of coaching is going well, and if you have any suggestions for future posts you think would be helpful for new coaches, please feel free to reach me through my contact page.
      Thanks and have a great week!

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