October Alumnae Spotlight, Maria Weidenbacher, Sioux of 2005, Director of Alumnae
In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?
Ursuline taught me to lead when I was shy, to try new things even when I was unsure, to not give up if I fell short, and to seek out a friend in every person. I started Ursuline knowing barely anyone and it was a rough transition in that sense, but I left with lifelong friendships and so much confidence. I owe it to Ursuline and the incredibly encouraging students, teachers, and staff for instilling that confidence in me. I believe these qualities will serve me well in my new role as Director of Alumnae Relations. I want to help grow that sense of pride and confidence that each Ursuline girl has when she leaves State Street and enters the world. I want to start new traditions and get more Alumnae back on campus to feel the warmth that only Ursuline can provide. Lastly, I want to get to know each and every one of you so I can help you and your classmates and you can help Ursuline.
Please describe the most significant value you learned from Ursuline Academy.
The most significant value Ursuline has taught me is courtesy. This value serves as a key factor in navigating through life. Being respectful of others and being kind and courteous to everyone goes a long way.
Describe Ursuline in one word. Explain.
Ursuline is pride. I have always been so proud to tell others where I went to high school. We are the oldest, continuously-operating, all-girls Catholic school in the United States. It a lot to say, because it is a big deal. We are coming up on 300 years soon, which is incredible. I am so proud of everything this school stands for, all of the traditions, and all of the accomplishments our students and alumnae have accomplished. It really is great on State, so spread the word!
ABOUT MARIA MERCHAN WEIDENBACHER
Maria is a proud Sioux of 2005 and is very excited to be back home as the Director of Alumnae Relations. She graduated from Spring Hill College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and has worked in the legal marketing field for the past several years. Maria joined the Ursuline Academy Alumnae Board in 2019 and helps with the Blessing of the Herbs and SAF. She resides in Metairie with her husband Kyle, a science teacher at The Good Shepherd School, and her fur son Cane.