Apr 15, 2024

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The Sisters of St. Joseph and The Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of Miss Livia Angiolillo as the first president of The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA). The president/principal model positions the Academy for growth and sustained excellence.

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, President of the Sisters of St. Joseph, states, “The Sisters of Saint Joseph confidently entrust Livia Angiolillo with the role of President of The Mary Louis Academy. A product of an all-girls Catholic High School and a passionate educator, Miss Angiolillo comes to TMLA ready to lead with vision and innovation. As a seasoned educational leader, she has launched and sustained successful schools in diverse communities, achieving notable levels of student engagement. We are confident that Miss Angiolillo’s experience, strategic skills, academic credentials, and deep commitment to our mission will guide The Mary Louis Academy to new levels of success.”

The Board of Trustees unanimously supports the selection of Miss Angiolillo and values her experience, enthusiasm, energy, and commitment to the mission of TMLA. The Board is confident that Miss Angiolillo will work well with the faculty and staff. Together, they will continue providing young women with an excellent educational experience and all they need to make a positive difference in the world.

With a recognized career in education, Miss Angiolillo most recently served as the Managing Director at Bold Charter Schools. She was responsible for the leadership of all school administrators, junior leaders, and instructional staff as well as two campuses with 500+ students. She was previously the Principal at Brooklyn Ascend Charter High School and, before that, was Co-Founder and School Leader at Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School, where she achieved 100% graduation rates with students matriculating to four-year colleges.

Miss Angiolillo’s leadership style is marked by a strong belief in service, compassion, and growth for the school community. She focuses first and foremost on student outcomes as her core principle. She employs data-driven decision-making and exercises the “Launch, Explore and Discuss” model to encourage critical and independent thinking as well as to improve articulation skills. 

Inspired by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, she believes every student can be successful and that education can “rebuild the fractured world.” A proud graduate of The Convent of Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT, Livia believes that her all-girls high school education developed her skills as a reader, writer, and thinker and served her throughout her personal and professional journey. She is anxious to bring that gift to others.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Fine Arts from Amherst College, a Master of Education and Master of Arts with a focus in Organization and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University School of Law.

“Miss Angiolillo is the right candidate to serve as the first president of TMLA at this significant moment in our history. Her vision inspired the search committee and impressed the school community. Her proven ability to inspire students along with her experience with academics, enrollment, marketing & development, and finances positions her well for this important new role,” said Maureen Henry, Chair, TMLA Board of Trustees.

Livia says she is honored to be the first President of TMLA. She is excited to guide current and future students as they learn to lead in faith and love. “I will ensure that students are prepared to exemplify TMLA’s three core tenets of unity, reconciliation and all-inclusive love at the highest levels in college and beyond. The opportunity to lead TMLA students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and families is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I cannot wait to join Hilltopper Nation!”

Livia is a proud New Yorker, having lived on the Upper West Side for 20 years. She enjoys spending as much time on the Hudson River as possible with her dog, Samuel, and exploring New York City parks. She also loves to read, cook, and craft, so she is often found with an open book, a crochet hook, or a paintbrush while waiting for the cooking timer to go off! 

The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA) is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women founded in 1936 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The school’s academic philosophy — rooted in the Sisters’ charism of unity, reconciliation, and all-inclusive love — emphasizes intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. The core mission of TMLA is to deliver an educational experience that prepares graduates to lead in creating a just society.

The Mary Louis Academy has been widely recognized as a preeminent college preparatory high school and has over 13,000 alumnae globally. Graduates attend top universities and receive millions of dollars in scholarships. Atop its foundation of strong academics, the school offers 40+ extracurricular organizations, the largest all-girls athletics program in NYC and a dedicated Service Leadership Program.

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