Title: Retired Community School Superintendent, Financial Planner
Location: Aventura, Florida, United States
Catherine Raseh Nagi, Former Community School Superintendent, Financial Planner, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of educational administration.
Ms. Nagi’s first job was with the first automated vending machine company; it was called Quick Snack. She kept their books to fund her college education in order to pursue her future career in education. Ms. Nagi grew up in the welfare system, which assisted her family with many of their expenses; however, it could not fund her education. Despite her financial obstacle, Ms. Nagi graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1962, and later obtained a Master of Science degree from the same institution in 1964.
Ms. Nagi had known there was a shortage of women in the physical education field, which is what inspired her to pursue a career there. She found work as a health and physical education teacher in Junior High School 211 of District 18 in Brooklyn, New York in 1962 shortly after graduating. She worked at various schools within the area as a teacher from then until 1970, when she entered the field of educational administration. Ms. Nagi worked as the acting assistant principal at Intermediate School 302 of District 19 in Brooklyn, New York, until 1971. She then went on to hold several supervisor positions at numerous other schools in the area, and eventually became deputy superintendent of the District 22 Board of Education in Brooklyn, New York, from 1984 to 1990. After that, Ms. Nagi’s success led her to an acting principal position at Public School 217 of District 22, and then to a role as community school superintendent for the District 28 Board of Education in Queens, New York. She was there from 1990 until her retirement in 1997.
As a testament to her success, Ms. Nagi has been honored by two districts in which she acted as superintendent; she cites these experiences as the highlights of her career. She was able to share these moments with her family, which is what makes them so special. Ms. Nagi is most rewarded in her career by her ability to help others through her multitude of connections. She does so to this day by writing college letters of recommendation for young students. Ms. Nagi has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women, as well as the 6th edition of Who’s Who in American Education.
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