Longtime school employee Dennis Dudley is retiring after 33 years with the San Carlos Unified School District.
A San Carlos native, he spent his life until the age of five in Colorado. Around 1978 he came back to San Carlos and met and married Mrs. Mary Jane Dudley.
Starting work as a game ranger he became a juvenile court probation officer and eventually worked his way up to sergeant. The juvenile court sent him to the Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Officer Academy and to the Arizona State Police Academy.
Later, he went to work with the primary school as an attendance truant officer in order to have more time with his wife and his two boys.
After 12 years he transferred to the high school and will finish out his academic career there.
He says that he enjoyed all of his years with the school district and will miss the students and the school staff and he wants to thank those on the staff for helping him with his job.
“I thank God for keeping his eyes and hands on me,” Dudley said. “The one thing I want to leave with the students is, never put yourself down. This life is full of problems, but your can succeed. Just keep going forward.”
After retirement he plans to travel and to write.