My name is Katie Puthoff and I am the Principal of Holy Family School in Price Hill. Catholic education has always been a huge part of my life and is something I am very passionate about. I attended grade school at St. Michael in Sharonville, went on to high school at Mount Notre Dame High School, and then continued my Catholic education at the University of Dayton for both my undergraduate and masters degrees. Go Flyers! After graduating from UD, I then taught middle school for 9 years prior to becoming Principal of Holy Family.
I feel so blessed to be able to work at Holy Family. The community of students, families, and staff here is one of the best things I have ever gotten to be a part of. I always say that there are truly no words to describe the support this community provides one another- it’s something you feel the moment you step in our building. This is my 6th year as Principal of Holy Family and I truly love what I do.
We have been working hard over the last 5 years at Holy Family and the hard work is paying off every day as we see our students achieve their goals. While we have been working hard in many areas, our most recent venture has been working on improving literacy outcomes for our students. We have been working with the Ohio Department of Education and Mount St. Joseph University to become a model demonstration school for excellent literacy instruction. Our staff has worked hard to learn and implement research-based practices in the classroom that show us how kids best learn to read and write. We have seen a tremendous amount of growth in our students’ literacy achievements and can’t wait to see their growth continue. It has been truly amazing to watch our students grow in confidence through this initiative. Having a first grader turn to you and say “Ms. Puthoff, I can read!” with a big smile on their face is one of the best feelings in the world.
When I’m not enjoying the students at Holy Family, I like to spend time with my family and friends; whether it’s a vacation to the beach together, watching the Bengals game, or a fun night of board games, my time spent with them is something I cherish. When I’m not doing one of those things, you can usually find me playing sand volleyball, reading one of my favorite Harry Potter books, or listening to upbeat music to keep my day bright and cheery.
Thank you to CISE and every CISE supporter for truly making a difference in my life and in the lives of all 234 students at Holy Family! You may never know the scope of the impact your support is making, but I assure you it is far and wide. The support of CISE allows our school to provide our students with the ingredients they need to be productive, successful members of society. When they leave us, we know their futures are bright, and that is largely due to the support they receive from CISE.