Remembering the Magic… Celebrating the Life of the ART of TEACHING Founder Lloyd Cotsen
“If you are like me, you probably can think of one or two teachers in your lifetime that have changed how you view yourself and the world, and thus, helped change your future. Those ‘magicians’ are the ones that challenge us; encourage us to dream and to achieve.”
– Lloyd Cotsen
It is with sad hearts that the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING announces the passing of our founder, Mr. Lloyd Cotsen. Mr. Cotsen, who was 88, died at his Beverly Hills home on May 8th.
Visionary, philanthropist, gifted businessman, lover of art and archaeology, Mr. Cotsen left his mark on several areas of human endeavor. However, the creation of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, remains his most enduring legacy, offering both a unique insight into the business titan, as well as a striking model of what one individual can do to help change the state of teaching and learning in public schools.
Believing that his achievements were made possible, in part, by the teachers he had growing up – those “magicians” who challenged and inspired him – Mr. Cotsen decided to help more educators hone their magic, and develop into the kind of teacher who makes a real difference in the lives of students.
But what individuals involved with the ART of TEACHING have come to understand is that in actuality, Mr. Cotsen was the true magician. His vision, commitment and investment in sustained quality professional development and support for teachers and school administrators, coupled with his elevation of the level of respect he extended to educators, created the conditions under which thousands of teachers have blossomed and thrived.
“Lloyd Cotsen was an extraordinary human being,” commented Jerry Harris, ART of TEACHING Executive Director. “He was a quick witted engaging man, who invested in the future by investing in teachers. Countless students will experience the magic of an excellent teacher for years to come, because of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING.”
Mr. Cotsen’s vision and mission for the ART of TEACHING remain secure under the steady guidance of his loving wife, Mrs. Margit Cotsen, who shares his passion and dedication to developing excellent teachers for generations of future students.
Barry Munitz, The ART of TEACHING’s president, reminded us all that Mr. and Mrs. Cotsen never compromised their commitment to the public school classroom, to its teachers and students. He emphasized “although we have lost our strongest champion, his spouse, and our leadership’s team are dedicated to honoring his conviction that the finest teachers are the essence of our nation’s future.”