Larry Statler

San Jose, CA | Years Taught: 1972 – Present

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 engulfed.

Additional Recognition

  • 2003 • Shaklee Teacher Award
  • 2002 • California Council Of Exceptional Children’s Exemplary Teacher Award
  • 2002 • Time For Kids’ Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2001 • USA Today All-USA First Team Teacher Award
  • 2001 • Oak Grove School District’s Maximum Use Of Resources Vision Award
  • 1999 • National Music Foundation’s Honorable Mention Award
  • 1998 • Walt Disney’s American Teacher Award
  • 1997,98 • Intel Innovations In Teaching Award
  • 1993 • California School Board Foundation’s Golden Bell Award
  • 1982 • California Council Of Administrators Of Special Education Award