Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | NATALIE CATIN ST. LOUIS
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Fellow Profiles

School Type


Grade Levels

PreK – 8

Student Enrollment



Queen Village / Bella Vista


Ed.M. Educational Leadership,
Administrative Certification,
Bank Street College


M.A. Literacy,
Columbia University


B.A. Urban Education/English,
Cortland College

Natalie Catin St. Louis

Principal, George W. Nebinger Elementary
School District of Philadelphia
2018 Neubauer Fellow

“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 has served as the principal of George W. Nebinger Elementary since 2017. 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.

2018 Neubauer Fellows Page