Dudley retires after 37 years
The end of the school year is drawing to a close, meaning it is time to say goodbye to a teacher who has spent 37 years at Heritage, Mrs. Heidi Dudley.
Dudley has been working as an English teacher and Technology Coordinator this year, and has held several positions in past years, including a long-term substitute for Heritage, a journalism teacher, a publications advisor for both Newspaper and Yearbook, co-sponsor of the Community Relations Club and has helped in some of the Academic Support classes during her time at this school.
“I’ve always taken great pride in giving 100 percent effort in whatever I did. I would like to be remembered as a Heritage teacher through and through and someone who loved being a Heritage parent, one who proudly handed each of her own three children their diplomas at LPS Stadium,” says Dudley.
After retiring, Dudley plans to work on projects around the house as well as volunteering at her church, at Bemis Public Library, and possibly at places like Food Bank of the Rockies and the South Platte Valley Humane Society. She also hopes to make plans to help out at elementary schools in LPS.
“Everyone I’ve ever known who has retired has told me to give it a year before I commit to anything. I’m looking forward to spending time walking, biking, hiking, gardening and travelling. I’m sure I’ll find something to do eventually because I’m not a ‘sit around and do nothing’ type of person,” says Dudley.
Dudley has dedicated so much of her time and effort at this school that she admits it will be weird not to run out and get school supplies for next year and not go to the same place every day. With all the commitment Dudley has had with Heritage, she has also left a lasting impact on the students.
“Ms. Dudley was a really supportive Community Relations Sponsor and I love how this year, even when I’m not in the club, she still waves at me in the hallways. It’s really nice having that support system and I will definitely remember it for years to come,” says Alycia Dallakoti ’19.
As much as Dudley will be remembered here at Heritage, she will also not forget Heritage.
“I have been blessed to work with so many amazing people and many incredible students, and it’s those people who have kept me loving my job for 37 years. And while I don’t have anything to compare Heritage to because I’ve been here my whole career, I am confident that I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work. I am a Heritage Eagle for life,” says Dudley.
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