Jill (Behme) Conaway has been named principal of Saint Paul School in Kensington effective July 1. She comes to Saint Paul School from Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin where she has served as the associate principal and development director for the past 16 years.
Conaway and her husband Robert have three children, age 17 to 29.
“I feel so blessed to be serving as the next principal of St. Paul School,” said Conaway. “I look forward to being an integral part of such a vibrant community of students, parents, school and parish staff.”
Conaway grew up in Wallingford and is a graduate of Holy Trinity School. A proud alumna of Mercy High School in Middletown, she received her BA in elementary education from Marquette University in Milwaukee and her MA in elementary education from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.
“Saint Paul School is truly blessed to have a person of Jill's personal and professional qualifications as our next principal,” Fr. Joseph Benicewicz said. “Her dedication to her own faith and the role of a Catholic education will serve our students and their families very well. Her breadth of experience will likewise draw out what is best in our school and each student and also help us meet the ever new challenges that always lie ahead.”
Conaway replaces Fayne Molloy, who is retiring after nine years as Saint Paul’s principal.
A Principal Search Committee was formed by St. Paul Parish in January. Robert Ramsey served as chairperson of the nine-member committee.
“Ms. Jill Conaway feels it's her duty as principal to bring everyone ‘into the fold.’ She values communication with faculty, students and parents. She desires to work as a team for the benefit of all students, the parish and the surrounding community as a whole,” said Ramsey.
Benicewicz asked parishioners to “lift up our hearts in prayer for Fayne, Jill and the entire St. Paul School family during this time of transition.”