General Studies Teacher, Grades 4-6
Year Honored: 2012
Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School
Los Angeles, CA
As a general studies teacher for 26 years at Stephen S. Wise Elementary School, Mary Itri, who teaches 4th – 6th graders, has influenced generations of students. She embodies the school’s mission of recognizing each child’s unique gifts, nurturing creativity, encouraging individual development, and inspiring a love of learning. A consummate educator, Mrs. Itri possesses a deep understanding of high-level pedagogical practices, knowledge of curriculum and differentiation, and outstanding classroom management skills. She has served as a grade-level chairperson and mentored both DeLeT Fellows and student teachers. Colleagues look to her as a leader and role model.
Note: This biography was current at the time this educator received the Award