Natalie Catin St. Louis

Principal Coach
School District of Philadelphia
2018 Neubauer Fellow
Ed.M. Educational Leadership, Administrative Certification, Bank Street College
M.A. Literacy, Columbia University
B.A. Urban Education/English, Cortland College
"I became a principal to create an environment where students and staff want to belong. As a child, school was my favorite place. Knowing that education can change lives, I wanted to recreate the positive perceptions and connections I experienced as a student."

Natalie serves as a Principal Coach for the School District of Philadelphia. In this role, she provides 1-on-1 coaching and professional development for school leaders, supporting them in articulating their vision, identifying their needs and core values, aligning their inner and outer worlds, setting goals they feel passionate about, and creating plans for their own development. Previously, Natalie served as the principal of George W. Nebinger Elementary from 2017 – 2021. Under Natalie’s leadership, the school achieved major improvements in math and reading proficiency and advancement scores on the PSSAs. The school witnessed a 9.5% increase of students attending school 95% of the time. Nebinger’s teaching staff includes recipients of the Lindback and All Pro Teacher of the Year awards. Nebinger also received grants and donations for a bike safety and helmets program as well as a library revival.

Natalie has been an educator since 2002. Prior to becoming a principal, Natalie served as an elementary school teacher, reading specialist, staff developer, coach, and assistant principal. During the four years she served as the turnaround principal at Cleveland Elementary Mastery Charter School, the school increased math and reading scores and retained 95% of staff. Natalie worked with Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Chief Schools Officer of Uncommon Schools in New York, on his book entitled “Let’s Get Better Faster.” Natalie grew up in Spring Valley, New York.