Catherine Bemis is a Kindergarten teacher and the Principal at St. Agnes School in Lake Placid, NY. St. Agnes School is a primary school serving age three to grade three. The school provides a small, nurturing setting where both cooperative and experiential learning are encouraged along with individualized instruction to create happy, proficient, and lifelong learners. Catherine has been part of the team that transformed this struggling elementary school into a thriving early education center. She has worked on budget, policy creation, curriculum development, technology initiatives, and faculty development. Catherine received a B.F.A. in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and an M.A. is Early Childhood Education from Teacher’s College in 2006. She also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and participated in their Toy Design program. Catherine is excited to be a part of the Summer Principal’s Academy program so that she can work collaboratively with like-minded individuals and use their shared experiences of alternative school environments to inform her own setting.