Lizanne Coyne Selected to Lead St. Mary Academy as New Principal

Apr 17, 2019
Photo by: Supplied photo Currently an assistant principal at St. Joseph School in Oradell, Lizanne Coyne will come to Stafford Township in July to lead St. Mary Academy as its new principal.

As All Saints Regional Catholic School becomes St. Mary Academy this summer, the transformed parish school will be led in its new direction by a new principal.

During an informational meeting for parents on April 8, Msgr. Ken Tuzeneu announced that Lizanne Coyne has been selected to serve as St. Mary Academy’s new principal. Coyne will leave behind her assistant principal position at St. Joseph School in Oradell and come to Stafford Township on July 1, when All Saints officially changes its name.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to partner with Msgr. Ken and lead such a reputable faith-based program so rich in tradition,” Coyne said. “I am excited to be in an environment that emphasizes the development of the whole child –  spiritually, intellectually, socially and morally.”

With previous experience as head of school, assistant headmaster and dean of students at various institutions, Coyne has several advanced degrees, including a Master of Arts in educational leadership from Ramapo College of New Jersey, a Master of Education in curriculum design and teaching from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and a Master of Education in athletic administration from Norwich University in Vermont.

“With more than 26 years of experience in the field, we are thrilled to have such a seasoned educator and school leader accept this position,” Tuzeneu said. “Ms. Coyne’s ability to inspire students to achieve their highest academic potential, her eagerness to bring out the best in the teaching staff, and her enthusiasm for fostering a faith-centered community made her the perfect fit.”

Coyne also has a significant athletics background. She was a captain for Providence College’s women’s soccer team and has been inducted into the Ramapo High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Until recently, she was a director and co-owner of GOALS Soccer Camp, one of the largest all-girls soccer camps on the East Coast.

“My experiences have taught me how to build strong relationships with all departments in an organization,” Coyne said. “I believe I possess a unique perspective on the education profession and its relative importance on children and families alike. I am intrigued by the challenges of the profession, understanding the vital importance of providing educational opportunities and an excellent quality of life for my students. I have witnessed hundreds of children reach their fullest potential as not only self-guided, independent thinkers, but also effective and productive members of society.”

Coyne said she’s ready to make St. Mary Academy her home.

“From its strong focus on STEM education to its warm family-centered atmosphere, St. Mary Academy is a special place,” she said. “I can’t wait to be a part of it. I’m excited to meet all of the students and families and continue the high-achieving work of its educators and staff.”

Interestingly, Coyne shouldn’t have much trouble getting acclimated to the area. She’s quite familiar with Long Beach Island and Stafford Township.

“Although I was raised mostly in northern New Jersey, I grew up spending all of my summers – when not working – at the Jersey Shore,” she said. “I have spent half my life on Long Beach Island, in Beach Haven and Surf City. My son and I love spending time in Bay Village or eating at Mud City, Scojo’s, Black Whale, Pinky Shrimps, Plantation, The Shell and Woodies, to name a few. Because we are Catholic and I am a strong believer in Catholic education, combined with our love for the area and the beach, this opportunity is a dream come true.”

Also during last week’s meeting, Tuzeneu announced the school’s new colors of navy and silver, and its new mascot, the Knights. The new colors and mascot were voted on by the student body.

“There’s an energy amongst our students and families for the opportunities our new parish school model offers,” Tuzeneu said. “We can’t wait for everyone to see the wonderful changes that are coming when we open this fall as St. Mary Academy. We hope the community comes and visits to see for themselves Southern Ocean County’s premier Catholic school.”

David Biggy

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