Born and raised in Philadelphia, Sr. Mary Jeanne Oesterle attended Catholic school from first grade through university. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Gwynedd Mercy College, a master’s degree in education administration from Bloomsburg University, and received administrative certification from Fairfield University. Sr. Mary Jeane began her career in education in 1967 as a teacher of both elementary and students with special needs. For over thirty years she has served as an education administrator in a number of fine Mercy schools. Her passion is working with and ministering to young people in their formative years.
Sr. Mary Jeanne joined Walsingham Academy in 1990; she served fourteen years as Principal of the Lower School before her appointment as President of the Academy in 2004.
A longtime and highly respected member of the Upper School faculty, Mrs. Baker has served as a science teacher at Walsingham since the 2008-09 school year. She brings 18 total years of teaching experience and has previously served as an administrator at St. Frederick High School in Monroe, Louisiana.
Mrs. Baker believes that to be a Mercy educator is to exemplify for the students the Mercy values both inside and out of the classroom. She sees all students as being gifts to which she is accountable for their care, education, and growth.
A product of Walsingham herself, Mrs. Johnston spent the first four years of her professional career teaching in Georgia before returning to her alma mater where she has spent the last 30 years both as a teacher and now an administrator. Her mother also spent over thirty years as an educator at Walsingham starting in 1964 as one of the first lay-faculty members at the school.
Mrs. Johnston sees education as being first and foremost founded within an environment of care and respect.The process of teaching will only work if the teacher is able to communicate with the compassion and joy that builds community. Students must feel welcome, valued, and loved for a classroom to be a place of learning.She sees her role as a Mercy educator as being a walking example of the Mercy core values; for students to see the values modeled every day and gain a deep understanding of Mercy education that they will then be able to use to bring change to their future work environments, homes, and communities.
Walsingham Academy was founded in 1947 by the Sisters of Mercy of Philadelphia. A Board of Trustees was established in August 2002.
Chairman: Terry Driscoll
Vice Chairman: Robert Hershberger
Secretary: Erin Massie Hogge ’98, P ’26
Peter Kokolis P ’25, ’27, ’29
Matthew Lambert P ’27, ’29
Mary Ann Lemere P ’18
Michael Maddocks ’75, P ’19
Sister Elizabeth Marley
George McBeath P’16
Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle
Michael Riordan P ’19
Robert Singley, Jr. ’92
Leslynn Twiddy P ’05, ’08