named to Office of Catholic Schools
...Francine "Frankie" Conway, recently hired as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction with the Office of Catholic Schools, comes to the diocesan Chancery after completing 16 years at Peninsula Catholic High School in Newport News, including her last role there as principal."It's what they teach and how they teach it," is how Mrs. Conway feels best describes her new role with the Office of Catholic Schools.
"It also deals with accreditation of the schools and district accreditation of the diocese," she
continued."It's overseeing the quality assurance process to see that we are in compliance with SACS â€" the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
."Mrs. Conway received her undergraduate degree in special education and elementary education from James Madison University in 1972 when the institution was known as Madison College.She has a master's in education administration from George Washington University."I started as a teacher at Peninsula Catholic in 1991 and was made dean of discipline in 1993, then named assistant principal and finally principal," she said."I've always kept a class or two when I was assistant principal or principal," she said.
"It helps you stay connected with what's going on in the classroom.Mrs. Conway served as a resource teacher dealing with students who had special needs.
"I also taught all levels of religion from the 8th through the 12th grade at Peninsula Catholic
A resident of Hampton, Mrs. Conway
has an 80 mile-plus commute to the diocesan offices in Richmond.On some days she
drives to Williamsburg and rides in to the office with Annette Parsons, chief school administrator.She
husband, Chris, are the parents of six grown children.He is a chef at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.
"Our youngest just entered a religious community in Spain and is now Sister Megan Maria of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother," Mrs. Conway
told The Catholic Virginian
.Megan had graduated from Ave Maria University
in Naples, FL, and entered the Spanish community in July.She
pointed out that she
husband had plans to move to Florida after she
retired from Peninsula Catholic
husband had even accepted a job offer on Marco Island."I had retired from Peninsula Catholic in June," she said.