“Just as a person is commanded to honor his father and hold him in awe, so, too, is he obligated to honor his teacher and hold him in awe.”
These words from the Talmud are something we truly believe in at Stephen S. Wise Elementary, and last week we had the opportunity to put our beliefs into action. Our own 5th grade teacher, Mary Itri, was selected as a winner of the Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Award! Mrs. Itri has been a teacher her for 26 years, and in this time she 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. Beyond the classroom, Mary is the Director of our Spring Musical, where she transforms our students into actors, musicians, stage crew, and so much more. We are lucky to have Mary Itri on our staff and so pleased that the Milken Foundation selected her for this amazing honor. Mary will be recognized on December 13 at the Milken Foundation Luncheon, and we look forward to sharing this spe cial day with her.