Kathryn Jaenicke is the President of Notre Dame Academy, which was founded by the Congregation of Notre Dame in 1903. It is the only all-girls PreK-12 Catholic School on Staten Island and one of very few in all of the northeast. Prior to her role as President, Kate served as Principal of Notre Dame Academy and is now in her 10th as an administrator at Notre Dame. She began her teaching career at her alma mater 30 years ago as an English/Language Arts teacher where she led the Drama Program and coached the Cross-Country and Track teams. Throughout her career she taught English in grades 6 through 12, sharing her passion for Shakespeare and her love of poetry with the girls and young women that she taught.
Jaenicke graduated in 1991 from the University at Albany with a degree in Secondary English Education. She earned a Master’s Degree in Literacy from St. John’s University in 1995 and a second Master’s Degree in School Building Leadership/Administration from Fordham University in 2010.
Jaenicke is a 5th generation native Staten Islander whose interests include running (she was captain of NDA track team in high school; competed for the Great Danes at Albany, and ran the NYC Marathon when she turned 40), traveling with her husband Jeff, (they’ve been to ten countries together), cheering on the Fighting Irish Football team with her daughter Olivia at the University of Notre Dame and the Villanova Basketball team with her daughter Emily. Both of her daughters proudly attended Notre Dame Academy K-12.