On June 9th, 2022, the Foundation lost its brightest guiding light with the passing of Mrs. Margit Sperling Cotsen, who died at her Beverly Hills home following a brief illness.
Mrs. Cotsen joined the Board of Directors in 2006 and stepped into the role of Founding Director and Board Chair in 2017, after the passing of her beloved husband, Lloyd Cotsen. Mrs. “C”, as she was affectionately known to many friends and staff, was a steadfast protector of the Foundation’s mission “to transform good teachers into great teachers” and was a passionate dedicated advocate for the ART of TEACHING program. Always a source of warmth and encouragement, Mrs. Cotsen relished meeting and speaking with teachers and administrators throughout the year, at the Foundation’s conferences, and introducing the End of Year Graduation Luncheons. Even during the pandemic, she was active in the leadership of all facets of the program and participated in the conferences virtually. Her inspiring words and caring, gracious, reassuring style consistently left those around her feeling valued and appreciated.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff remain committed to realizing Mr. and Mrs. Cotsen’s vision of the ART of TEACHING program and carrying on the incredible work that they so lovingly began and continuously nurtured.
We invite you to engage with some of Mrs. Cotsen’s uplifting words as we celebrate her gift to teaching and learning.