Mary Jo Setticase

For her outstanding contributions as a French teacher, Mary Jo is recognized on the Wall of Fame by Ricky J. Setticase of Overland Park, Kansas.

For over twenty years, Mary Jo Setticase was the sole French teacher for grades seven to twelve at Canastota Central School in Canastota, New York. Her accomplishments include: former students who have become French teachers, one student who graduated from Cornell University with a degree in French and International Relations, and over 200 students who successfully passed the New York State French III Regents exam.

Mrs. Setticase earned her BA from Utica College of Syracuse University and her MS from State University of New York Cortland. She developed French IV curriculum that was used for thirteen years. She was awarded a Teacher Center Grant for an innovative interdisciplinary program for French IV students. She was also nominated by a former students, as a college freshman, as his “special teacher who made a significant impact on his educational experience.”

Mrs. Setticase’s proudest accomplishment was a student who received her special award for perseverance in a difficult course. This student studied French for five years and finally passed the French III Regents exam. This student wrote that Mrs. Setticase was fair, dedicated and willing to go the extra mile to help him reach his goal. Another student wrote, “Mrs. Setticase is a rare gem who has the wonderful ability to connect with and teach students at all levels.”

Mary Jo Setticase will be remembered for instilling in her students not only a love for the French language and its culture, but also as a teacher who made everyday in the classroom an enjoyable and interesting challenge.