Catherine A. Vitali Mayus, Esq., P.C. '72

Women of Achievement Award Recipient

Catherine A. Vitali Mayus, J.D., earned her degree from Iona College in 1972 and her Juris Doctor from Pace School of Law in 1992. She is currently an estate planning attorney as well as a comprehensive coaching specialist at Catapult Learning, LLC and is currently supporting the Archdiocese of New York at St. John Chrysostom, St. Margaret Mary School and St. Theresa School in the Bronx. Since her retirement from Yonkers Public Schools in 2009, she has worked as an educational leadership consultant for Catapult Learning and as a senior consultant and project manager for the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). She is both a curriculum design specialist as well as a professional developer for the ICLE Model of Rigor, Relevance and Relationships as well as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program developer.

For well over three decades, Catherine has been an innovative educational leader committed to the success of all students, both as a teacher and principal at elementary, middle and high school levels in Yonkers and as district coordinator of English Language Arts and Languages Other Than English. Catherine was the recipient of a $4.6M Contract for Excellence grant for her plan to restructure Museum Middle School to Riverside High School for Engineering and Design, and took it from “Schools Under Registration Review” to “In Good Standing” in three years. Catherine was awarded “distinguished educator” status for effective school reform and she was also recognized for “Closing the Achievement Gap” in her elementary school. In 2004, she was designated a model school principal at Saunders Trades and Technical High School, when the school was selected as the #1 secondary urban high school in NYS by ICLE, the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Gates Foundation.

When she is not in a classroom or helping clients, Catherine serves as a board member and pro bono attorney for the Barbara Giordano Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that is committed to providing women veterans with opportunities for long-term economic independence, personal wellness and empowerment. As an attorney and sole practitioner for over 25 years (Pace University School of Law, Class of 92,) she also specializes in estate planning for women, elder care law and real estate.