Meet Brooke A. Coyle

On July 1, 2016, Mrs. Brooke A. Coyle became the Academy’s Head of School —  the first layperson to hold this position.  As a teacher, coach, and adviser, Mrs. Coyle has dedicated her professional life to mentoring and enriching students through faith-based academics.  Using her passion for educational excellence, coupled with her extensive experience, Mrs. Coyle is leading OLMA into a new era of excellence for the young women of South Jersey.

Since joining OLMA, Mrs. Coyle has significantly upgraded the school’s curriculum to include additional Honors and Advanced Placement courses, as well as a one-of-a-kind empowerment and leadership program for girls called L2T.  It stands for leadership, life skills, and technology and is designed to foster the core competencies for girls that today’s world expects from its leaders.  It begins freshmen year with Brave Forward, Lifetime Fitness, and Public Speaking courses.  In the sophomore year, it expands to include a Computer Science course focused on programming, technology, and STEM-related career exploration.  In addition, sophomores take a Business 101 course that covers financial literacy, digital citizenship, and business technology.  This type of programming, combined with the unique environment offered at OLMA results in graduates who are informed, self-confident, service-oriented, resilient, and prepared with the competence and knowledge necessary to lead and succeed.

Under her leadership, the school has significantly upgraded its facilities and learning tools.  Some of the most recent improvements include fully renovating the main lobby, establishing the OLMA Center for Business & Collaborative Learning, transforming four former bedrooms into a state-of-the-art L2T classroom, upgrading the school’s technology infrastructure, and creating a fully equipped MAC Lab.

To the delight of OLMA students and faculty, Mrs. Coyle also introduced the Mini-Mester program.  These week-long courses represent experiential learning at its best.  They give students the opportunity to delve deeper into subject areas that intrigue and interests them.  Along the way, students learn a variety of life lessons including managing their money, navigating tours, and hikes. thinking on their feet, handling cultural and language differences, solving problems, following directions, being independent and on time, as well as how to push themselves further than they ever thought they could.

Since joining OLMA the school’s enrollment has doubled in size.

More About Mrs. Coyle

Prior to joining OLMA, Mrs. Coyle worked for 19 years at St. Augustine Prep — first as a member of the math department and then as the school’s Director of College Guidance and member of the Prep Administrative team.

Prior to working at St. Augustine Prep, Mrs. Coyle taught mathematics, religion, and reading at St. Peter’s School in Merchantville, NJ.  She is a graduate of Rowan University and holds a Certificate in School Leadership. Mrs. Coyle resides in Vineland with her husband and two children and is a parishioner of St. Padre Pio Parish. 

“At OLMA, we describe our school as a Sisterhood that offers unconditional acceptance — a place where we celebrate our differences and the unique gifts that God has given us. Our sisterhood is strong; however, we have a responsibility to make it stronger through open dialogue, purposeful education, and meaningful prayer. Racism has no place at OLMA. Our commitment to equity and anti-racism remains critical to our ability to prepare women to lead a world of change.” 

— Brooke A. Coyle
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