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New Principal Appointed at MMA

by cnewman

Principal Margaret Staszak
Principal Margaret Staszak

Sister Mary Ellen Twist, President of Mount Mercy Academy proudly announced this week that Mount Mercy Academy will have a new principal for the 2011-12 school year  - Margaret Cuthbert Staszak '75. Mrs. Staszak has served on the Mercy faculty for the last nine years as the Assistant Principal and will begin her new ministry as Principal on July 1, 2011.

Mrs. Staszak began her career as a teacher at MMA in 2002 and was appointed Assistant Principal in 2003-04 by Paulette Gaske, Principal. She will now replace Gaske who is retiring after 27 years on the faculty at MMA and 9 years as Principal.

Mrs. Staszak holds a master's degree in Secondary Education from D'Youville College and a bachelor's degree in Business from State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is an MMA Alumna and proud parent of two Mercy graduates.

"Margaret Stazsak is an excellent choice for Principal as she has experience with the school, its students and parents, and a true passion for academic excellence and the Mercy spirit," states Twist.

Mrs. Staszak was identified after a thorough search and interview process in which a number of well qualified candidates were considered for appointment. She was the clear choice of the search committee comprised of parents, students, faculty, staff and members of the MMA Board of Trustees, and will bring a strong focus to academic excellence in her leadership.

When addressing the faculty and staff at Mount Mercy Academy, Staszak said,"I am thrilled and humbled by this wonderful opportunity.  I thoroughly recognize the importance of this awesome responsibility and will work diligently to provide our students with an excellent educational experience, where they are able to maximize their potential for academic success."

"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

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Class of 2022

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