Elise Klein, friend, guide, teacher and mentor died recently. She was a force to be reckoned with. As President of Teachers Against Prejudice she constantly strove to make the world a better place through education.
A member of TESOL.org she was one of the founders of the Social Responsibility Caucus which she helped move forward to become a TESOL Interest Section. She was a presence at TESOL conferences and was slated to be on our Social Responsibility panel next March in Boston. We’ll carry on in her memory, she wouldn’t have wanted us to waste time or energy on bereavement but to carry on the struggle. This is what we will do.
It was a pleasure knowing her, it will remain a pleasure continuing the work she started which, unfortunately remains unfinished. Where ever prejudice and discrimination rear their ugly heads work remains to be done. Thank you Elise for showing us the way and reminding us that moral courage comes in many shapes and forms and that the power of a good teacher is to right wrongs and change through education.
Elise, you will be missed but your spirit will live on.
Pax et amare,