The Board of Trustees of Notre Dame Academy is pleased to announce that Ms. Kathryn Woodson Barr has been appointed the Interim Head of NDA Worcester.
Ms. Barr brings more than 20 years of school leadership and teaching experience to the Notre Dame Academy community. These leadership experiences include serving as Head of School for The Maine Girls' Academy (formerly Catherine McAuley High School), Head of School for Highlands School in Birmingham, Alabama, as well as Head of the Lower School for the Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee. Her accomplishments at those schools included educational enrichment, expanding the international aspects of the schools, rebranding, and increasing enrollment and financial support. In 2013, she was selected to be a Leadership Development Coach in Vanderbilt University's prestigious Peabody College of Education, where she coached and trained school administrators in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In addition to being a school leader, she is a teacher at heart, committed to a progressive, technologically-enhanced, globally-inspired education. She was elected as the Outstanding Administrator of 2012 – 2013 by the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers. Kathryn earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Rhodes College and her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Memphis.
"I am very excited to be named Notre Dame Academy's seventh Head of School and extend my thanks to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and to the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to work in this amazing school," commented Ms. Barr. "I share with the community a commitment to the all-girl advantage that NDA provides. My goal is to build on the work of Sister Ann (Morrison) as a premier academic institution for young women. In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to getting to know the NDA community and joining with them as we make this fabulous school even better."
Ms. Barr is married. Her husband, Tom, is a mathematician. They have three grown children.