Sister Ellen T. Convey, I.H.M.
Principal, Gesu School
Sister Ellen, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Immaculata College (now University) and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Her teaching assignments have been in New Jersey, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Sr. Ellen was principal of the Gesu Parish School from 1990 to 1993 and continues as principal of the independent Gesu School.
In his book, A Model School: How Philadelphia’s Gesu School is Remaking Inner-City Education, Jerrold K. Footlick notes that “Some children don’t leave school until 6:00 in the evening, which is about the time that Sister Ellen leaves. She will have been there since 6:30 that morning.”
Reflecting on the success of the Gesu School Sr. Ellen does not mention her own invaluable contributions to the oversight of Gesu’s curriculum, behavior and discipline, its model writing program, early childhood education and after school activities, but simply states that “It has to be the work of God.”