Cultivating Dynamic Leaders & Learners

Wendy Katz, B.S., M.A., ED.S, Ed.D.


Wendy Katz has been an educator for 38 years.  She was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She moved to Sarasota, Florida in the summer of 1977.  Her expansive career began as a special education teacher and she then served as a curriculum coordinator at both an elementary school and magnet gifted school.

For eight years she had served as an assistant principal of a middle school and was the principal of the first and only K-8 school in Sarasota County Florida.   She was then promoted to the position of Director of Leadership Development for the Sarasota County Public Schools.  During these eight years she created a distinct career pathway for aspiring administrators. She was responsible for all leadership training for aspiring administrators, school-based and district administrators.  She developed an Induction program for new administrators, created a retired administrator mentoring program for new administrators, and a Leadership Academy for aspiring administrators.  She also facilitated the state principal certification program.  She actively coached new principals and established Transition Support Teams to set them up for success in their leadership roles.  In addition, Dr. Katz has developed programs that focus on customer satisfaction and gifted special needs populations.

Dr. Katz has been an education consultant for the past five years and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida at the Sarasota-Manatee campus where she taught in the Educational Leadership Program.

In 2010, after a principal retired mid-year, Dr. Katz returned to a principal position where she was once again involved in the heart of education. “The school level is where there is daily contact with teachers, staff, children and parents.  The principalship was my favorite job as every day I had the opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a child!”  “Children must always be the centerpiece when making decisions.”

She recently graduated from the National Staff Development Council Academy program and served for three years as a member on the NASSP Principal Preparation Task Force. She has presented at national educational conferences and has been published in Education Week in 2012 relative to the successful results of leadership development program she developed. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Indiana University, a Master’s Degree in Reading, certification in Gifted Education, her Specialist’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University.

In addition to her professional career accomplishments, Dr. Katz is the proud mother of four successful children and four grandchildren.