Mary Louis Academy Welcomes New Principal


Ann O’Hagan-Cordes


The Sisters of St. Joseph and The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA) have announced that the Jamaica Estates school has selected a new principal—Ann O’Hagan-Cordes.

O’Hagan-Cordes has spent her career ministering in Sister of St. Joseph schools. She has been an assistant principal for the past eight years at TMLA. O’Hagan-Cordes is also an alumna of the academy.

She received her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a master of science in education from Fordham University. During her time as an assistant principal, she has closely worked with the principal, Sister Kathleen McKinney, who will leave her position after 21 years at the school.

O’Hagan-Cordes will develop innovative curriculum and collaborate with the school’s board of trustees and support students and families. O’Hagan-Cordes said that she intends to bring “the energy, excitement and motivation to lead TMLA with experience, dedication and commitment.”

“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, CSJ, who is the 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.”

O’Hagen-Cordes is expected to begin her new position during the next academic school year.

The Mary Louis Academy—located at 176-21 Wexford Terrace in Jamaica Estates—is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women that was founded in 1936 and is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. The school’s academic philosophy—which is rooted in unity, reconciliation and all-inclusive love—emphasizes intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Visit for more information on the academy.

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