Mary Lou di Arenzo, Program Coordinator

Accountable. Passionate. Visionary.
Mary Lou Mancuso di Arenzo is a recent resident of California. Along with her husband, she made a life changing decision to move to California at the request of her only son. An only child, she spent my entire life in south Philly. South Philly is the largest and oldest Italian neighborhood in the city with a diverse, rich culture that includes many residents who are African American, Hispanic, Asian, Irish and Polish. It’s the best place to find the cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, Italian food and the best bakeries around. Some of her fondest memories include: fried meatballs every Sunday morning, Dad’s friends gathering on Saturday night to play guitars/mandolins and singing the songs from their native country, Italy and sitting on the steps with her mom and neighbors chatting for hours during the summer. In her years in Education, she served as Teacher, Vice Principal, Principal, After School Program Manager and Vice President of Curriculum and Accountability. Even with this she is always a teacher at heart. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies K to 8 from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Masters of Educational Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia and Certificates from the State of Pennsylvania. In 2012, she received a distinguished achievement, Employee of the Year at Universal Charter Schools, founded by artist Kenny Gamble. The position of a principal has  prepared her to bring transferable skills, passion and commitment to FFSJ.