St Catherine’s teacher takes up vice principal role


A LONG-SERVING teacher at St Catherine’s Primary School has proudly taken up the post of vice principal.
Succeeding Nuala Kerr, Jennifer Doherty hopes to continue upholding the school’s ethos of inclusive education and opportunities for all.
With the school year underway, Miss Doherty, who has taught at St Catherine’s for over 20 years, has been busy getting to grips with the role.  
“I have been a senior leader at the school for quite some time and am familiar with parents and staff,” she said.
“I am delighted to have been accepted for the role, and my experiences at the school give me a good foundation in which to succeed as vice principal. Myself and other staff members have worked hard to make St Catherine’s what it is today, and I am keen to continue it’s ethos.”
Miss Doherty began her teaching career in 1994 at St Anne’s Primary School in Strabane, having graduated from St Mary’s College. 
More recenltly, when the school was amalgamated with Barrack Street Boys to form St Catherine’s four years ago, Miss Doherty played an intrinsic part. 
Now, as VP, she hopes to continue her journey at what she regards as a special Strabane school. 
“The school is a family school and has undergone significant change, but it’s mission remains the same,” she said. “We aim to provide an education for every child, and give them the opportunity to avail of a range of extracurricular activities and learning opportunities.
“Perhaps the greatest challenge we have with pupils is getting them ready for secondary school. We have been working closely with local post-primary schools such as Holy Cross College to aid this transition process. We try our utmost to give all pupils the best chance at success.”
Looking back, Miss Doherty said pursuing a teaching career has proved an extremely rewarding career choice.
“Teaching isn’t without it’s challenges, but is ultimately an incredibly rewarding profession. Seeing children grow and develop as a result of what you teach them is indescribable. I have absolutely no regrets about going into education, and if anyone is considering it at the present time, I say go for it!”

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