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Meet Hester Brooks: Longtime Primary Source Donor

15 June 2015

Hester Brooks

Educator Hester Brooks has a personal connection to Primary Source that goes back much earlier than the founding of the organization. A high school and college classmate of co-founder Anne Watt, Hester recognized the passion early on. "Anne always had a world view approach to her studies," explained Hester. "She appreciated early on what it meant to be in an environment that opened minds."

Working in the education field, Hester often crossed paths with teachers who raved about Primary Source and its programs. She was not surprised to learn that her friend Anne Watt was involved with something so inspiring for teachers and subsequently for their students. When Anne needed her support, Hester was happy to contribute. "Schools have not always been aware of the need for global education,” she notes. “Primary Source is a powerful way to bring the world to the classroom.”

The organization's expansion of global topics and online offerings resonates with Hester given her education and technology background. After teaching middle school students for many years, she spent eight years with the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). Her work there as an assistive technology specialist drove home the importance of enabling educators to enhance their learning experience and reach all kinds of learners. "Teaching can be tough," Hester admits. "Primary Source recharges teachers' batteries."

While the personal connection is important to Hester when making her charitable giving choices, the real reason she supports Primary Source is clear. "Much of my own K-12 years were humdrum, but some experiences stand out, and those were the sparks for me," she says. "What I appreciate most about Primary Source is that it lights those sparks for teachers and through them, passes the spark on to the students."

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