Iswari Natarajan Named High School Principal
St. Mary’s Academy (SMA) is pleased to announce the Iswari Natarajan has been selected as the new high school principal, effective July 1, 2018. Ms. Natarajan succeeds Kathryn McNamee, who is retiring after 43 years of service to SMA and 21 years as the high school principal.
Ms. Natarajan has been a member of the SMA community as a faculty member and parent for the past seven years. She is the current Math Department Chair and teaches AP Calculus. Ms. Natarajan’s expertise at teaching Advanced Placement Calculus has earned her well-deserved recognition. For a remarkable three years in a row, 100% of the young women in her AP Calculus classes received the highest score of 5 on the National Advanced Placement Calculus exam administered by the College Board. Ms. Natarajan received the Outstanding Colorado Educator Award in 2016-2017 and was awarded the Outstanding Teacher mentor in 2015 by Stanford University. She spoke at the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Global Forum in 2015 and presents yearly at the Advanced Placement conferences.
Prior to joining St. Mary’s Academy, Ms. Natarajan held various engineering positions. She was also the assistant director at Montessori School at Lone Tree and the director and lead instructor at Mathnasium. She is currently the co-CEO and co-founder of Guru Power Prep, a program to help students develop their SAT and ACT test-taking skills.
Bill Barrett, SMA Academy President, says of Ms. Natarajan, “During her tenure at St. Mary’s Academy, Iswari has demonstrated an impassioned commitment to the School’s mission and Loretto School Values. As a teacher, administrator, colleague, and advisor, Iswari has led with compassion, enthusiasm, expertise, inclusivity, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Her love for our students and their love for her is obvious.” Ms. McNamee, current high school principal, is thrilled with the decision, stating, “Iswari Natarajan is a most impressive educator, and she has the talents, skills and dedication to lead St. Mary’s Academy High School.”
Reflecting on her new position, Ms. Natarajan stated, “As a proud member of our SMA community for the past seven years, it is with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and humility that I accept the position of high school principal. I am honored, humbled and excited to serve our community in this important role. Grounded in our Loretto School Values I am committed to honoring our school’s mission and taking SMA to new heights of excellence.”
Ms. Natarajan earned her Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Instrumentation from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India. She has a Montessori Teaching Diploma from Montessori Casa International in Denver and her earned a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Although Ms. Natarajan formally begins her tenure on July 1, she will be involved in a variety of transition conversations with members of the administrative team, faculty, students, and parents in the coming weeks and months.