Larry  Statler

Santa Teresa Elementary School
San Jose, California
Total years as a classroom teacher: 30

“Every Child Deserves A Special Education.” – Larry Statler

Larry helped create the Discovery program that is a model of
successful collaboration between special and general educators. The
program enables students of all ability levels to work in an environment
designed to empower every child to achieve his or her maximum potential
while fostering self-esteem and an understanding and acceptance of
individual differences.

He feels his greatest asset as a person and a teacher is that he
never gives up on a child. He states, “Somehow, I will light a flame
that will inspire a child who is lost and floundering and give him/her a
beacon to follow out of the maze of failure in which he/she is

Larry coordinated a partnership with the Children’s Musical Theater
of San Jose that brings community artists into the school to collaborate
on a multi-graded theater arts program that impacts over 300 students.

“Although he is ‘officially’ a special education teacher, Mr. Statler
is truly a ‘man for all children’ and touches the life of every student
at Santa Teresa.” –Barry Whittall, Principal

“I think the greatest legacy any ‘man’ can leave on this earth is a
life of caring, sharing and sacrifice for another human being. Larry
Statler has a legacy that extends beyond the horizons.” –Darlene
Mulliner, Colleague



M.A. Education of Exceptional Child, San Francisco State University


B.A. History and Journalism, San Francisco State University

Teaching Experience

1989- present

Discovery (PreK-4 inclusion), Oak Grove School District, San Jose, CA


Adjunct Faculty Member, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA


Mentor Teacher (Tech & Reading), Oak Grove School District, San Jose, CA


Special Day Class (PreK-3), Oak Grove School District, San Jose, CA


Special Day Class (3-6), San Francisco Unified School District, CA

Special Recognition


Shaklee Teacher Award


California Council Of Exceptional Children’s Exemplary Teacher Award


Time For Kids’ Teaching Excellence Award


USA Today All-USA First Team Teacher Award


Oak Grove School District’s Maximum Use Of Resources Vision Award


National Music Foundation’s Honorable Mention Award


Walt Disney’s American Teacher Award


Intel Innovations In Teaching Award


California School Board Foundation’s Golden Bell Award


California Council Of Administrators Of Special Education Award