Dr. Teri Lesesne death – obituary, cause of death : Dr. Teri Lesesne has died. She passed away on Saturday 28th of August, 2021.
Dr. Teri was a trailblazer and tireless advocate for literacy and a champion for readers of all ages. she was a distinguished professor at Sam Houston State University. She was a source of inspiration to many who knew her.
Lesesne worked as faculty in the Library Science program for more than thirty years as she was a long-time, active TLA member and recipient of TLA’s 2020 Outstanding Services to Libraries Award.
She studied GT, literature, literacy at University of Houston. For more than thirty years, she was the expert on books for young people. She has served on many book committees, and she fiercely championed the right to read long before it became a popular battle cry.
Cause of death:
As at the time of writing this report, the circumstances surrounding her death has not been made public.
Comments and Tributes:
” It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved colleague and friend, Dr. Teri Lesesne. As a distinguished professor at SHSU, Dr. Lesesne inspired countless students for more than thirty years as faculty in the Library Science program; she was a trailblazer and tireless advocate for literacy and a champion for readers of all ages.
Plans for a celebration of Teri’s professional life and legacy are to come.”
” I just learned of the loss of our dear Teri Lesesne. I’ve been a huge fan since our LJ days, long before I sold my first book. I remember meeting her at my first ALAN conference and being awed by how she was just swarmed by admiring young teachers throughout the day. What a light in our world she was. A kind, loving soul who gave us so much. She understood the power of challenging and challenged books and was a fierce advocate and supporter whenever I struggled with book challenges. When I think of the light she shared with everyone she met and inspired I see a world full of stars. She gave us teachers, librarians, writers, students and young readers so, so much. Rest well, dear Professor Nana, you shine on in all you met.Heartbroken at the loss of one of the greats in @ProfessorNana…
“Teri Lesesne was a beacon of influence in KidLit/teaching/librarianship. And to an early career educator who happened to sit right in front of her at the ALAN workshop in Orlando all those years ago, she became an even greater influence on my pedagogy & career path than she maybe even knew. I would not be where I am now without having heard her voice in my head & felt her heart supporting me over the years. A guiding presence, she encouraged us to #SpeakLoudly when it matters most. May we honor the legacy she leaves behind by continuing to do right by the kids we serve and ensure the books we put in their hands matter to them…
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