Principal, Our Lady Queen of Angels
Joanne Walsh has been the principal of Our Lady Queen of Angels School (OLQA) in East Harlem since February 2004. Over the past eleven years, she has worked with the school community to create an environment focused on the intellectual, spiritual and emotional development of all learners. When the OLQA parish closed in 2006, Ms. Walsh and her team successfully appealed the school’s closing and through culturally appropriate outreach and collaboration with community agencies, significantly increased the number of new immigrant students attending OLQA, a goal central to the school’s historic mission. Prior to becoming principal of OLQA, Ms. Walsh was the principal of Sacred Heart School in the Highbridge section of the Bronx which at the time was the largest school in the Archdiocese with almost 900 students.
In 2005, she received the New York Boys Hope/Girls Hope Opportunity Maker Award which acknowledges lifelong commitment to providing access to high quality, faith-based education for under-served children. She has presented workshops for administrators in the Archdiocese of NY and in 2000 conducted a three-week training session for Catholic School Administrators in Liberia, West Africa.
She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Herbert H. Lehman College, an M.A. in Urban Education/Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia University Teachers’ College, and has completed post graduate work in administration at Manhattan College and Fordham University. She has permanent NYS certifications as a Common Branch Teacher and as a School Administrator and Supervisor.