Principal Appointed at Academy of Mount St. Ursula


Geraldine Lavery was named principal of the Academy of Mount St. Ursula in the Bronx, the school’s board of trustees announced.

Mrs. Lavery has served for 25 years as an educator in the archdiocese, 18 as a teacher and administrator at St. Jean Baptiste High School and the last seven years as principal of Good Shepherd School. Both schools are located in Manhattan.

“I am grateful for the opportunity as principal at the Academy of Mount St. Ursula to serve, lead and enrich the spiritual and learning experiences of a school community rooted in the core values of an Ursuline education,” Mrs. Lavery said.

Born and raised in Northern Ireland, she attended all-girls’ primary and secondary schools sponsored by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Queen’s University in Belfast and a master’s degree in religious studies from St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie.

“The search committee interviewed several extremely qualified candidates. We recognize the importance of this decision for our beloved school, and we are confident in and excited about our selection,” said JoAnn Stonier, search committee chair. 

Founded by the Ursuline Sisters in 1855, the Academy of Mount St. Ursula is an independent, private Catholic all-girls’ college preparatory high school. 


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