Kathleen Faherty McNutt, Head of School

Mrs. McNutt was named Head of School in 2019, and she has served the Diocese of Arlington as an educator and school administrator since 2009. She became a student in the diocese when her family moved to the area and St. Louis parish in 1977. Mrs. McNutt is a proud graduate of St. Mary’s Academy (SMA ’87), the wife of a Bishop Ireton alum (BI '87), and the mother of four Bishop Ireton graduates and one current Bishop Ireton student. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Developmental Reading, and she obtained her Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Marymount University, with a K-12 supervision license from the state of Virginia. Before coming to Bishop Ireton High School, Mrs. McNutt taught in public and private schools in Northern Virginia; she worked for a government contracts law firm in Washington, DC; and she worked for The New Teacher Project Fellows Program. She managed multiple construction projects during her time as assistant principal and principal at St. Louis Catholic School in Alexandria, Va. and is currently the Vice President of the Arlington Diocese Principals’ Association.

As Head of School, Mrs. McNutt is the chief administrator of Bishop Ireton, charged with facilitating the school’s mission and meeting the goals of the school’s long-term strategic plan. She manages all areas of Bishop Ireton’s programming, Catholic identity and Salesian spirituality, fundraising, admissions, marketing and communications, facilities and building projects, financial planning and management, recruitment, alumni relations and athletics.

Denise Tobin, Principal

Mrs. Tobin became Principal of Bishop Ireton High School in 2015.

Mrs. Tobin graduated from Stockton State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, minoring in Chemistry, and obtained her Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton. She holds a secondary teaching license and a K-12 supervisory license in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Before becoming Principal at Bishop Ireton she taught in the Diocese of Scranton and was Principal of a grade 7-12 high school and junior high school. Mrs. Tobin conducted genetic research at Temple Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania Wistar Institute prior to teaching. Mrs. Tobin has three children and two grandchildren in northern Virginia and is a parishioner at St. Andrew the Apostle Church. She served as a Lycoming County Conservation District officer and member of the Diocese of Scranton School Board in Pennsylvania.

As Principal, Mrs. Tobin serves as Bishop Ireton’s lead academic officer and manages the day-to-day instructional operations. She oversees the school’s curriculum and faculty, as well as Student Life and Counseling.