Sister Gloriamary Agumagu, HHCJ
Principal, Saint Augustine Catholic School, Washington D.C.
Statement of Research Interest /Problem of Practice:
Sr. Gloria's research interests focus on investigating on reading interventions for immigrants and urban inner-city struggling reader's lack of support and academic performance.
Sr. Gloria has served as an educator for 30 years and became the Principal of Saint Augustine Catholic School in Washington, DC in July 2008 after serving as the Principal of St Fortuna Catholic School, East New York and Queen of Peace in Queens, N.Y. At Queen of Peace, she first worked as a computer and remedial mathematics teacher and then became an early childhood Pre-k3-4 educator before becoming the Principal. She served and taught also at Port Arthur and Beaumont Texas.
Sr. Gloria earned her teacher certification from Illorin Teacher College in Illorin, Nigeria, her National Certificate of Education from Federal College of Education in Abeokuta, Nigeria, Bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration in Saint John's University in Queens, New York, credits in Health Care Sciences Administration from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and her Master of Science in Educational Administration from St. John's University in Queens, New York, and Administrator's Teaching License in Notre Dame University Baltimore.
Throughout her school administration career, she has served as Principal in five Catholic schools - three in the United States and two in Nigeria including the prestigious Madonna International Catholic School in Abuja Federal Capital Territory where she worked with 35 faculty members educating over 700 students. Sr. Gloria holds a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Saint John's University in Queens, N.Y., and she is certified as an Administrator.
Sr. Gloria's initial analysis of the hardships immigrant students experience and how society perceives and treats them have been discouraging. Therefore, it is her desire to explore and develop a plan of action that can be implemented in order to enhance and further the academic progress of immigrant students in attendance at Saint Augustine Catholic School in the District of Columbia. The hoping being that her findings could benefit urban inner-city struggling readers, immigrants, and other students at other schools, across the globe. All over the world, education is viewed as a good investment for national development. Since the rest of the educational system is built upon primary education, the primary school level is the key to success or failure of the whole educational system.
Mentored by: Marguerite Conley
Executive Director of the Consortium of Catholic Academies
Archdiocease of Washington, D.C.
For the past seven years, Ms. Conley has served the Archdiocese of Washington as the Executive Director of the Consortium of Catholic Academies. She works closely with the Catholic Schools Office and the Consortium Board of Directors to ensure the Consortium's mission of delivering a high quality, Catholic education to students in economically challenged neighborhoods. She is responsible for the operations of the four schools and the central office.
With more than twenty five years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator, Ms. Conley has earned the reputation as a collaborative leader by establishing partnerships that have brought expertise and resources to her staff and yielded signature programs for her students. Her deep roots in the Catholic education community have given her a broad expertise in development and foundation work as well as the keen understanding of the mission of Catholic education.
Prior to coming to the Consortium, Ms. Conley was a member of the faculty and the principal of Annunciation School in Northwest Washington, DC for almost two decades. She began her vocation as an educator at St. Peter's Inter-Parish School on Capitol Hill in 1991 where she taught middle school math and church history.
Ms. Conley received both an MA in Education Administration and a BA in English from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. She has served on many Archdiocesan committees from curriculum to emergency preparedness and was president of the Elementary School Principals Association for the Archdiocese from 2009-2010. She received the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award in 2006. Ms. Conley currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Georgetown Visitation.