Barbara Pennucci Set to Retire After 13 Years with Catapult Learning

Barbara Pennucci Set to Retire After 13 Years with Catapult Learning

In just a few weeks, long time Catapult Learning employee Barbara Pennucci will embark on a new life journey: Retirement!  Currently, Barbara is a Manager for the Dayton Ohio Title I program and also of the Cincinnati Diocese Special Education, Reading, and Math Tutors.   Barb has given 13 years of dedicated service and we couldn’t be more thankful for her tremendous impact.  Therefore, we thought it would be best to highlight Barb here on the Catapult Blog.

However, I am not the best person to do this!  So, we would like to welcome guest blogger Carol Weimer.  Carol is the Regional Director for Catapult and she knows Barbara very well.  Take it away, Carol…

Thanks, John.  I’ve had the pleasure of working for Barb as a teacher for the last four years and currently I am her direct supervisor.  Barb has provided leadership to all of her more than twenty staff members with dignity and grace.  Her staff leans on her in times of crisis and depends on her as a mentor and friend.  I have seen Barb work directly with teachers as she shares her knowledge of Title I rules and regulations and provides explanations about why these rules are important to the school, the district and Catapult Learning.

Barbs relationship with her Principals is extraordinary!  She has developed the relationships necessary for each school to get their questions answered and problems resolved.  She has known many of these principals for her entire tenure with Catapult Learning and knows their history as teachers, leaders and friends.  She knows about their families, their hobbies and their personal lives.  She does an amazing job of engaging these principals in stories about their past and continues to keep these folks in her own prayers when she sees them struggling personally.

She does so much for Catapult Learning that has gone unnoticed and she’s been a valuable resource to me as a new Regional Director.  Barb is always asking “what can I do for you”?  She is always thinking of ways to help make my job easier.  She does so much behind the scenes that most people didn’t even realize they needed to be done!  She is organized and has a real knack for keeping to a strict time line so that things are done in a timely manner and deadlines are met.

I appreciate Barb’s leadership, friendship and wealth of knowledge that she shares with all of us. She will be retiring in less than six weeks after thirteen years of service.  I know she will be missed by me, her staff, peers and district leaders.

Barb, speaking for myself and for all of Catapult Learning, we extend our deep gratitude for your exemplary record of strength and service to others.  We wish you all the best, enjoy retirement!

-Carol Weimer

Thanks, Carol and THANK YOU, Barbara!

We have a comment section available on this post…We really encourage you to share your thoughts below and wish Barbara all the best!


  1. Jen Carmichael June 4, 2012 Reply

    Congrats Barb, you were a great mentor to me! Enjoy your retirement and grandchildren.

  2. Lilian Valenzuela June 6, 2012 Reply

    Wishing you the best!
    Lilian Valenzuela
    Los Angeles, CA

  3. Anne Breuninger June 14, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations, Barb! I have enjoyed getting to know you at our many conferences and supervisory meetings over the past years. You are a kind and wonderful person and I’m sure you will be missed by your staff and school personnel! Best wishes always, Anne

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