Amy Fry accepted the role of Principal at St. Anthony of Padua School in July 2021. Mrs. Fry started her career in the Diocese of Arlington in 1995, teaching Middle School Language Arts at Queen of Apostles. She has also held leadership positions at St. Thomas More, St. Charles, and our own ECC campus of Corpus Christi School (as St. Anthony was known at the time).
Mrs. Fry married a native Arlingtonian and Bishop Ireton graduate who moonlights as a beekeeper. They have four children (2 boys and 2 girls). Having 4 children does not qualify the Fry's as a big family by her standards, since Mrs. Fry is herself the youngest of twelve children. She grew up in Lancaster, Ohio and earned her undergraduate degree in English and Drama at the University of Notre Dame ( Go Irish! ). Her Masters Degree is School Leadership and Supervision is from Marymount University.
Mrs. Fry feels blessed to have the opportunity to lead such a caring school community, and has big plans for strengthening our wonderful school.
Dear St. Anthony School Community,
Thank you for the warm welcome I have received as your new Principal. I look forward to getting to know each of you and learning more about this community. It is a great honor for me to lead you into the next phase of growth, while continuing the wonderful traditions that make St. Anthony’s a special school family. I ask for your prayers as I settle in to this new role.
While I will be new to most of you, I am not exactly new to this school. From 2006-2009, I served as the Director for the St. Philip’s campus of what was then Corpus Christi School. In that role, I enjoyed great working relationships with many members of the St. Anthony staff and parish (some of whom remain). Next I served at St. Thomas More for a few years before having our fourth child. I have spent the last six years leading St. Charles in Clarendon through a period of amazing success. When I arrived, St. Charles had already closed their K-8 program. There were only 12 staff members serving 90 preschool students. The program was under enrolled and operating at a financial loss, which was a serious burden to the parish. I am proud to say that we doubled enrollment and finished this most recent school year with 30 staff members serving 180 students in person 50 hours/week without a single case of school-based COVID transmission. The St. Charles budget for the 21-22 school year anticipates a massive financial surplus for the parish. The blessing of financial abundance allows many great extras to be enjoyed by the students and the staff. I am confident that the lessons learned in my time at St. Charles can reap great rewards for St. Anthony School with time, effort and an openness to change.
You will see from the Academic Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year that all of the special events remain an important part of student life. Perhaps we will be able to add even more fun events to build up our community and the children’s sense of belonging to the larger family of Christ and the Church. Of course, we will be carefully monitoring the guidance regarding the pandemic to insure that we are proceeding safely.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Amy Fry, M.Ed.