Principal, Mary Catherine Law
I am delighted to introduce myself as the Principal of Orange Beach Elementary.
Orange Beach Elementary is an amazing school as reflected by the 2021 National Blue Ribbon Award and the multiple times it has been given the Safest School in Alabama award. While all of the accolades are impressive, the people and this community are truly what make this school extraordinary.
My husband, Joseph, and I have three daughters; Lillie, Kakki and Virginia. All three of our girls attended Orange Beach Elementary and had a positive experience. We chose to move to Orange Beach, because of the educational program, values and community. I can’t tell you how excited I am for my family to be a part of Orange Beach City Schools.
Knowledge is key. When we know better, we do better. As an educator, I’ve taught multiple grades at the elementary level at St. Paul's Episcopal School and in public schools in Mobile and Baldwin County. I served as an assistant principal at Robertsdale Elementary, before being named principal at Orange Beach Elementary. My undergraduate degree from Auburn University is in Communications. I have an Alternative Masters in Elementary Education with a leadership certificate from the University of South Alabama. I graduated with an Education Specialist degree from Auburn University and am currently enrolled in their doctoral program in Educational Leadership. Needless to say, I am passionate about learning!
As a leader, I want others to know who I am and what I value. The things I value most are family, faith and enjoying life. I believe in establishing relationships and treating others like family. Orange Beach provides a beautiful backdrop for us to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. As members of Orange Beach United Methodist Church, we embrace opportunities to serve others which is something I have taken with me throughout my career in education. When you walk through the doors of the school, I hope the smiles, smell of crayons, and sounds of laughter make you feel welcome. My focus is on the emotional and academic success of every child. I want your child to achieve their greatest potential while making friends, experiencing the arts, learning to give back, moving and playing, and exploring Sea, Sand and Stars.
Creating a Lasting Legacy starts here. Welcome to the Mako Family!
Mary Catherine Law
Assistant Principal, Cendy Hart
I am Cendy Hart, Assistant Principal of Orange Beach Elementary School. Prior to coming to Orange Beach, I was a teacher for 11 years and served as the itinerant Assistant Principal for Orange Beach Elementary and Gulf Shores Elementary. I taught 2nd grade at Oak Mountain Elementary, 5th grade at Spanish Fort Elementary and 2nd and 3rd grade at Gulf Shores Elementary. I’m honored to begin my 7th year at Orange Beach Elementary and my 18th year as an educator in Alabama.
I grew up in Hoover, Alabama and after graduating from Hoover High School, I began my journey to become an educator at Auburn University. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Education from Auburn University, Master of Education at The University of Montevallo and Administrative Leadership from The University of South Alabama.
I’ve lived in Orange Beach for 13 years. My husband Rusty and I have 2 boys, Russell and Rhodes. We are members of Orange Beach United Methodist Church and love giving back to our community. I’m honored to be part of Orange Beach City Schools and am dedicated to teaching our students how to become leaders of their own learning. Together, we can achieve the best for your child. I look forward to an amazing year at Orange Beach Elementary.