Diocesan News

New Principal at The Mary Louis Academy

O’Hagan-Cordes (Photo: The Mary Louis Academy)

The Sisters of St. Joseph and The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA) Board of Trustees have announced that Mrs. Ann O’Hagan-Cordes has been selected to be the new principal of TMLA.

She succeeds Sister Kathleen McKinney, C.S.J., who has been principal for the past 21 years.

O’Hagan-Cordes has spent her entire professional life ministering in Sisters of St. Joseph schools. She is an alumna of TMLA and truly embodies the spirit of the school.

According to a press release from the school, she is “passionate about preserving the educational mission of the congregation and the commitment to academic excellence.”

She earned her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a master of science in education from Fordham University.

As assistant principal of The Mary Louis Academy for the past eight years, she has worked closely with Sister Kathleen McKinney.

The new principal will continue to develop innovative curriculum, work closely with the board of trustees, and
support the needs of both the students and their families.

“Ann’s personal experience with TMLA as a student, a teacher, and as administrator makes her uniquely suited to her new role as principal,” said Sister Helen Kearney, C.S.J., president of the Sisters of St. Joseph Brentwood.

“The Congregation and Board have great confidence that Ann, along with the dedicated faculty and staff, will lead TMLA into a vibrant future.

The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates, is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women founded in 1936 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New York.

The school’s academic philosophy – rooted in the Sisters’ charism of unity, reconciliation, and all-inclusive love – emphasizes intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. Its dedicated teachers, academic quality, outstanding facilities, and committed students create an unparalleled school spirit.”

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