Catherine Vannatter took the helm as principal at Locust Trace effective July 1, 2021, with 15 years of experience in education, having served most recently as the administrative dean here since 2000. Her prior roles include curriculum and instructional coach at Bryan Station High School, and 10 years of classroom experience teaching English at Bryan Station High School, Frankfort High School, and Morehead State University. She also taught English and anthropology at Bluegrass Community & Technical College, and has seven years of work experience in the private sector as a technician with Cultural Resource Analysts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Transylvania University, a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, secondary English from Eastern Kentucky University, and is pursuing her doctoral degree in educational leadership at University of Kentucky.
“Ms. Vannatter brings passion and a skill set that will be essential to continuing the amazing progress being made at Locust Trace,” said the district's Acting Director of School Improvement Carl Hayden. “Her work there this past year has shown her drive to reach all students and families, support the staff in their role, and to work closely with community partners, and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for Locust Trace under her leadership.”