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placeholder May 18, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA

Marilyn Domin stands with her kindergartners at Assumption School. If you've ever been in their shoes, you're invited to celebrate her extraordinary career on May 31.

Assumption's 1st kindergarten teacher retires

If you have ever been a kindergartner at Assumption School — and we do mean ever — you are invited to a Mass and celebration honoring Marilyn Domin.

Mrs. Domin is the only kindergarten teacher in the school's history.

She began her career teaching at St. Patrick School in Oakland, and moved to Assumption School, where she first taught third grade. When the school began kindergarten a few years later, Mrs. Domin greeted the first kindergartners.

She's been welcoming them — more than 1,000 — ever since.

"Mrs. Domin is a rare gift, she has been a companion in the academic and spiritual life of every kindergartner who has ever attended Assumption Catholic School," said Principal Joseph Petersen. "For many years Mrs. Domin demonstrated the essence of what we know a Catholic educator to be: She is a lover of children, she is patient, humble, enthusiastic, engaging, and she teaches the teachings of Jesus through story and heart. She is a true Godsend."

She was honored with the Mother Seton Award in 2005, which recognizes a Catholic school graduate who embodies the spirit of Mother Elizabeth Seton, who laid the foundation of the American Catholic school system. Seton was canonized in 1975, the first U.S.-born person to be declared a saint.

As Domin's career in Catholic education comes to a close, Assumption School is inviting her former students and their families to the noon Mass May 31, with a party to follow, to celebrate her retirement.

Those who are not able to make it to the celebration in person can send their greetings to mrs.dominisretiring@gmail.com. RSVPs to the event would be welcome there as well.

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