Stuckey Sticks Around

Amy Pizarro

Krista Blazier, Reporter

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Perhaps you recognize the name “Marian Stuckey,” whether it is from the plaque dedicating the Student Center to her, or as the woman who teaches your God in Literature class. Or perhaps, you can’t quite place the name. For those who don’t know, Marian Stuckey was the principal here at Presentation before Mary Miller. And if you haven’t heard, she’s back!

You have probably noticed that English teacher Andria Bengston has left Presentation, leaving her classes open for a replacement teacher. None other than our former principal, Stuckey, has stepped in to take her place. Presentation is excited to welcome back Stuckey, though she never completely left. She has kept in touch with all the teachers and administrators that she became friends with over the years, attended school events, and participated as a member of the board of trustees.

Nevertheless, she is now an exciting and helpful addition to this semester’s teachers. As for her, she loves the work. “It has been an enjoyable and familiar experience,” says Stuckey.

Indeed, Stuckey is not exactly new to teaching. Besides teaching the God in Lit class in the past, she is now a faculty member at Santa Clara University, working in the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. She teaches and coordinates programs for those who are working to earn degrees in teaching, eventually going on to work in Catholic schools . Really, Stuckey never left working in education.

How does it feel to be working as a teacher at Presentation again where she was previously a principal? According to Stuckey, she never really saw a huge difference between teacher and principal. Although the title of principal implies a larger amount of responsibility, Stuckey says she always saw her role as a teacher as a demanding position with a requirement for strong leadership. She never stopped being a teacher, she just furthered her professional duties. However, she continued to love being in front of a class of students. “For all of my years as principal, I taught as least one class. And, I must admit, it was usually the happiest hour of my day.”.

She says that she would never trade her days as principal, but immensely enjoys spending the majority of her time teaching now.

Stuckey confirms that a lot has changed since her time as principal in the 90’s, primarily in the number of students and programs. But one thing, Stuckey says, has fortunately stayed the same. She says, “The spirit of Nano Nagle, and her work in providing quality education and service, still permeates all that happens here.”

Veteran members of the Presentation Community are excited to have her back, as well. “She was my favorite high school teacher, and really the reason I went into education was because of her example. She’s kind of been my mentor my whole life, and the opportunity to come back and work with her was really a great one,” says principal, Mary Miller. “She truly is one of the finest teachers that I’ve ever had. I’m thrilled to have her back.”

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