Science Department Chair "retires" after 23 years serving hometown public high school

Sister Frances in her office at Maloney High School
Sister Frances Zajac

MERIDEN, CT (06-14-2016) - Sister Frances Zajac, FSE was honored recently by the Meriden Public School District at its annual retirement dinner held at the Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville which recognizes long term teachers who are retiring. Sister Frances was lauded for her professional leadership coupled with patience, a steady, positive attitude, and a caring concern for staff and students. Sister Frances has served as the Chair of the Science Department at the 1200-student Francis T. Maloney Public High School for the past eight years, following many years as a science teacher and varsity volleyball coach.

Sister Frances
Sister Frances with her mother, Carol DeSantis (right) and
Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE, Mother General, at the Aqua Turf Club event.

Sister Frances, formerly known as Joelle, is a graduate of Maloney and was inducted into the Maloney Sports Hall of Fame for her accomplishments in five varsity sports. After attending the University of Dayton and serving in Cameroon as a Peace Corps volunteer, she returned to teach science classes at her alma mater. She entered the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist and continued her teaching career with a year away for canonical novitiate, after which she wore the habit and veil of the Community and used her religious name, Sister Frances.

Sister Frances will continue her professional work as a science teacher in a Catholic school of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Sister Frances Zajac