Wilson Elementary School
September

Dear fifth grade family,

I would like to introduce myself as your fifth grade teacher and share some information about myself.

I was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  After receiving a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Idaho in 1994, I moved to Jackson in order to be close to my family as well as pursue my two passions; working with children and living in the mountains. In 1995-1996, I worked as the Title I teacher at the Kinder Campus in Jackson.  From 1996 - 2002, I taught inclusive second grade classes including gifted and talented, special education, bilingual learners, and general education students at Jackson Elementary.  I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2001 through Grand Canyon University (a long distance learning program).  In 2002 - 2004, I helped start an alternative education program, The Community School, in Teton Valley, Idaho and acted as the lead teacher and administrator for grades K-6 in a multi-age setting.  In 2004, I jumped at the chance to teach first grade at Wilson School and return to a full time teaching position. I was thrilled to move to the 5th grade team in 2005 and have taught 5th grade for the last 11 years. We have an enriching curriculum to study this year, and it will be an amazing year of learning for all of us.  I am excited to be here with your children!

I am an avid skier and hiker, and I enjoy being in the outdoors.  I learned how to ski at Snow King Mountain with my ski patrol family.  I worked for the United States Forest Service for three summers during college as a fire fighter.  I lived in France for a year studying French and traveling throughout Europe to study diverse cultures.  I love to read, write and listen to live music. I enjoy playing in the mountains with my husband, Stephen Kitto, my 9 year old daughter, Josephine, and my dogs, Kaya and Bean.

I am very excited about this school year and want to make it a challenging and rewarding experience for your child! My goal, my mission as a teacher, is to instill a passion for life-long learning in your child.  Your child will know that I consider him/her to be unique and special.  I believe that your child makes a difference in this world and in this environment. I have high expectations for your child to do his/her best academically and socially. 

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me. Email is the best way to contact me during the school day. I check email up to 9:30 during the students' specials, at lunch and afternoon recess. I will respond that I have received your message. Then we can plan to talk or meet accordingly. Your involvement and support are vital to our year and your child’s education. 

Sincerely,
Mary Kitto
mkitto@tcsd.org
(307) 733-3077 ext. 6640