Catherine Han, Principal

Mrs. HanMrs. Catherine Han received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in Middle School Science and Language Arts from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She started her teaching career with Chicago Public Schools as a Third Grade classroom teacher.  After a few years of teaching, she realized the importance of continuing her professional development and growth as an educator. She applied and was accepted at Harvard University where she studied education systems around the world.  She earned her Masters of Education in International Education Policy from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  Upon graduation, she worked for organizations focused on improving the lives of refugee and displaced children around the world.  During this time, she realized how much she missed teaching and working directly with students.   She returned to teaching at her neighborhood school in Chicago area.  After a couple of years, she relocated to the D.C. Metro area to continue as an Advanced Academics Teacher with Fairfax Public Schools serving students in Kindergarten to 6th grade. During this time, she worked closely with her school administrators and the Parent Teacher Association to implement the Young Scholars program and bolster S.T.E.M. initiatives within her school. She partnered with George Mason’s mathematics department to strengthen job-embedded professional development through Lesson Study and integrate Project Based Learning experiences at her school.  During this time, she pursued her post- masters Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.  She served as the Resource Teacher for Gifted and Instructional Lead Teacher at K.W. Barrett Elementary School with Arlington Public Schools. While at Barrett Elementary school, she partnered with classroom teachers to lead the charge on developing cross-curricular Project Based Learning experiences for students and piloting personalized learning as part of APS’ first cohort of the Personalized Learning Expedition Design Team. She, then, served as the Assistant Principal at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School where she focused on developing teacher leaders, enhancing job-embedded PD by implementing an instructional coaching model, building strong family and community partnerships, and fostering a culture of learning and collaboration. She is excited to rejoin the KW. Barrett Elementary School community as Principal and partnering with all members of the school community to continue the work of developing a school focused on “Discovering the gifts of every child”.