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Teacher celebrates 20 years at Delphi Academy

August 16, 2011
  • Marianne Ditko, pictured reading a book to her students, recently entered her 20th year in working with elementary school children at Delphi Academy. (Photo courtesy of Sausha Scozzi)
Marianne Ditko, pictured reading a book to her students,…

Delphi Academy teacher Marianne Ditko recently entered her 20th year in teaching elementary school children at Delphi Academy. Judy Young of Delphi Academy interviewed Ditko on reaching this milestone.

Delphi Academy is a private college preparatory school for children and teens from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. It is located on a nine-acre campus in Lake View Terrace and serves children in Glendale and Burbank.

Judy: How do you feel about teaching elementary school children for 20 years?

Marianne: “I have worked at Delphi since 1992. I have loved every minute of it. I can’t imagine doing anything else in my life.”

Judy: Is there anything that inspired you in your early life that led to what you’re doing now?

Marianne: “When I was little I loved playing school and I always knew I wanted to grow up and have children of my own. Well, I did grow up, got married and have two beautiful daughters of my own who are now fully grown.

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“I had a tough time in school from about the age of 10. There were things I didn’t understand. I just thought I wasn’t as smart as other people. I was not stupid, I just had study barriers and there were exact solutions for these. I didn’t want anyone else to go through what I did.

“In my time at Delphi, I have helped countless numbers of children really learn through the use of the study technology we teach here. I have helped them enjoy their schooling, not hate it. It totally makes my day when I see the “light bulb go on” and I have helped a child learn something they were having difficulty with.”

Judy: Do you just teach “The Three ‘Rs’” — reading, writing and arithmetic, or do you teach more than that?

Marianne: “I always take the time to teach things about life as well as the academics I teach in school. Sometimes these lessons are the most valuable, these being moral codes, ethics, leadership and others. Children are so often misunderstood. People think they are a different breed of human but they are actually men and women in smaller bodies. I recognize this thoroughly and treat them with the respect they need and deserve.”

Judy: Are there any ‘perks’ related to teaching you can share with us?

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