Ellen  Kempler

Miami, Florida
Retired
Total years as a classroom teacher: 35

Career Highlights

  • Kempler wrote that ‘Life is a huge relay race, I am alive and
    carrying the baton now. The future depends on me as surely as my
    generation depended on our teachers and their teachers and their
    teachers.’
  • Kempler and others began MicroBusiness USA which provides small
    loans to people who would never qualify for commercial loans so that
    they may become self-sufficient and have their dignity restored. The
    program has provided more than $1 million in loans to more than 1,000
    borrowers with a 95% repayment rate.
  • As a sponsor of the National Honor Society this year, she and her
    students wrapped 67 individually wrapped Christmas presents for the
    Children’s Home Society for abused and neglected children.

Education

1966

University of Miami, B.A. in English

1968

John Carroll University, Courses in aesthetics and ethics

1972

Harvard University, M.A.T. in English

1975

CIDOC intensive language school, Certified competent in Spanish

Teaching Experience

1997-2001

9th grade English, 12th grade Ethics and Leadership
MAST Academy
Miami, Florida

1995-1997

7th grade English (honors)
G. W. Carver Middle School
Miami, Florida

1987-1995

9th-12th grade English (gifted/honors/AP); Philosophy colloquium, Miami Beach Sr. High, Miami, Florida

1976-1987

7th-9th grade Gifted Program, So. Central Area Gifted Center at Coral Gables Sr. High, Miami, Florida

1974-1976

10th-11th grade English, Miami Beach Sr. High, Miami, Florida

1972-1974

10th-11th grade English, Miami Sr. High, Miami, Florida

1966-1971

10th-12th grade English; English as a Second Language, Miami Sr. High, Miami, Florida

Special Recognition

2002

Florida Women of Achievement Honoree

2001

Board member: UNICEF – Florida

1999-present

Educational Excellence School Advisory Council (Recording Secretary)

1997-1998

Teacher of the Year

1994

Most Significant Teacher to class valedictorian

1992

Associate of Writing Institute (one of 25 master teachers in the county)

1990-1994

Peace Education Foundation (Chair of the Board)

1978-1982

Quality Instruction Incentive Program (Elected by peers to manage incentive program at Coral Gables Sr. High)

Testimonials

“Ms. Kempler has the gift of finding talent and academic strength in
every student and inspiring them to use their strengths to express
themselves in a positive way.”

Cassandra Dunager-Bullens,
Student

“Ellen has created scores of teachers and physicians [and others] who
have come to know their best through the highest order thinking skills
brought to their own shadow boxes and skits, their own surging writings
and focused commentaries. She has taught principals and fellow teachers,
parents and children.”

Jenny Oren Krugman, District Supervisor,
Secondary Advanced Academic Programs,
Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida