Sister Mary Lou retires as Principal

Sister Mary Louise Miller retired as Principal of Sisters Academy of NJ on June 30, 2021, after 22 years. Sisters Academy of NJ has changed the lives of so many families because of her leadership. Her many gifts and talents have made the Academy what it is today.

In her early years, she negotiated the purchase of the land and building for the new addition. Then, the most grueling work she did was working 12-15 hours every day, seven days a week for nine weeks straight as she re-built the Academy after the devastating flood in 2010.

Perhaps the most challenging time ever at the Academy was the time from March 2020 to her retirement. Nothing in an administrator’s educational background prepared them for the pandemic. Sister did, however, develop all new protocols, curriculums, schedules, and hybrid learning models. This past September, the Academy was able to open because of Sister Mary Lou’s determination. The Academy has remained open the entire 2020-21 school year.

During her tenure, Sister Mary Lou guided the Academy through the decennial approval of Accreditation by NJAIS and MSA-CESS. She also led the Academy to obtain recognition as a nationally recognized Core Knowledge School, oversaw the completion of recent renovations, facility improvements and exterior building upgrades.

Sister’s greatest achievement is the Academy’s 100% high school graduate rate since inception. 302 girls are currently attending or have graduated high school while she was Principal. Many alumnae are accomplished leaders because of their education and experience at Sisters Academy.

Sister Mary Lou, thank you for your years of service, dedication, hard work and outstanding stewardship at Mercy Center, especially at Sisters Academy. All of us will miss you. You are an experienced, professional, and exceptional educational administrator. Your impact in the Asbury Park community will be appreciated by many for years to come.

Please join Mercy Center in thanking Sister Mary Lou and offering our best wishes for an enjoyable, and well deserved, retirement.