Cobb settles into her role as Holy Trinity's new president
New Holy Trinity President Katherine Cobb is feeling right at home as the school celebrates its 60th anniversary.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The first few days of school were a whirlwind, but they were also an indication of something else:
Katherine Cobb is feeling right at home.
“I’m so happy I made the decision to come here,” said Cobb, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s new president.
“There’s a lot to learn. There’s a lot going on here. I’m still learning names and about programs. I’ve been constantly amazed.”
Cobb, of course, is no stranger to the Holy Trinity community. Not only did she and her husband, Mark, put two children through the school, she also served three separate stints as a member of the Board of Trustees (1989 to 1993, 2003 to 2009 and 2012 to 2014).
But as the first president in the history of the school — which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year — she is now the face of Holy Trinity.
And from the time she began her position last April to the start of the new school year, Cobb has been struck by the devotion of the Holy Trinity staff to creating the perfect educational environment.
“What’s impressed me the most is the dedication of the employees,” she said. “They’re all in. They want the best for everybody here. At the end of last year, I was coming in on a couple of Sundays to catch up and get myself organized and there were faculty members here Sunday afternoons, helping students.
“That, to me, was very impressive.”
Though the Board of Trustees sets the overall strategic plan for the school, two of Cobb’s biggest goals are to improve the school’s athletic facilities and to continue to increase enrollment.
Holy Trinity was at 860 students at the start of the school year, an increase of 35 from the year before.
“We’d like to expand to where each grade is at full capacity,” she said. “We’re there at some grades, and some other grades have a little bit of room. But for the most part, we’re very thrilled with the enrollment this year. We’re not going to rest until every grade level is full.
Cobb would also like to continue some of the programs established by her predecessor, James Landi, who introduced a number of initiatives including bringing in academic coaches and creating a merit scholarship program.
“One of my first goals is to continue some of the programs that Mr. Landi designed,” Cobb said “He came up with a lot of academic support programs They run the gambit and they’re designed not only to help any student who might struggle, but at the other end of the spectrum, we have some students who … we don’t know how high they can go.
“But we want to make sure they have the tools to get them there.”