SSPP Welcomes New Principal Sister Marilyn Ann Dudek, CSSFby Amanda Reimondo, Ss. Peter & Paul School, Hamburg
Saints Peter and Paul, A Community School, is excited to welcome Sister Marilyn Ann Dudek, CSSF as its new principal. With 38 years of experience working in the Catholic school system, Sr. Dudek has a wealth of knowledge and experience in both the classroom and administration. She hopes to bridge the gap between new and returning students and build a community school that flourishes with traditions new and old.
"I found when I was in elementary and high school that I loved school as a student," said Dudek. This love of learning is what started Sr. Marilyn on her journey to become a teacher and later an administrator. Throughout high school Sr. Marilyn enjoyed helping a Felician Sister in her elementary classroom and realized how much she loved all the different aspects of school. Sr. Dudek's first experience teaching informally in Catholic education occurred during her senior year of high school, when she taught a primary grade level Religious Education class. In 1976, three years after she joined the Felician community, Sr. Marilyn began working as a teacher at St. Josephat School in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Sr. Dudek worked as an elementary school teacher for the next 16 years, not pursuing a leadership role until she was asked to assume this ministry by the Felician leadership team. "Administration is a way for me to share my gifts and talents with not just a single classroom, but with an entire school community," expressed Sr. Dudek.
Sr. Marilyn is excited to begin a new school year, stating "I'm happy to be here at Saints Peter and Paul. My encounters have been very welcoming and positive." She looks forward to working with the students, teachers, staff and parents. An educator at heart, Sister Marilyn encourages students to love Jesus and always do their best.
For more information about the school, call 649-7030.