On June 7, 2017, Fr. Ivan Turyk, administrator of Assumption Catholic Parish and School, announces the selection of Mrs. Lissette Shumny as the school’s new Principal. She will begin her work on July 1, 2017 succeeding Mr. Michael Szpyhulsky who announced his retirement from the position of Principal and return to the classroom at ACS. During the remainder of this school year, Mr. Szpyhulsky (“Mr.S”) and Mrs. Shumny will spend time working together to ensure a smooth transition.
Assumption Catholic School (ACS) is an AdvancED accredited school in Perth Amboy, NJ which first opened in 1963 with only first and second grades. Today it boasts a 4-year-old-pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Hundreds of students have graduated from ACS including Mrs. Shumny herself. A former student and graduate becoming principal of her alma mater is history in the making at ACS and possibly beyond!
After ACS Mrs. Shumny went to and graduated from Bishop George Ahr High School in Edison. She then attended Rider University where her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management was earned. After working several years in the private sector, Mrs. Shumny felt a different calling. So when she enrolled her oldest child in ACS’s pre-k, she applied for a teaching position and was hired. Once all three of her children were attending ACS, Mrs. Shumny realized how much she loved teaching. She enrolled in St. Peter’s University graduate program and attended evening classes until she earned a Masters of Science degree in Education.
In her thirteen years at ACS Mrs. Shumny has been a third, sixth, and seventh grade teacher, Language Arts Curriculum Supervisor, and a behind the scene organizer of many school wide projects. When asked for her thoughts and feelings Mrs. Shumny replied, “It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to be Principal of Assumption Catholic School and to lead a school that is so close to my heart. My vision for ACS is to build on the rich legacy of a strong Catholic identity and dedicated teachers as well as chart a new course for our future. My focus will be in enriching the curriculum in the areas of math, science, and technology by developing new partnerships with leading institutions in order to prepare our students to be the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.” Her enthusiasm, organization, fairness, and sense of humor will surely be advantageous in her new position.