We’re very sad to tell you that our much loved former SJVWP director, Gail Tompkins, passed away November 1, 2017. Gail, a prolific and influential writer about literacy, was a professor in the Literacy and Early Education department at Fresno State and served as SJVWP director from 1992-2005, influencing the practices of so many of us. She will be buried in Rhode Island on Nov. 10. Gail was an inspiration to so many of us, both in the Central Valley and across the United States. We’re so grateful for the ways that Gail helped us become better teachers.
Here’s the information about the Celebration of Life in Fresno and about charities:
Date of Celebration of Life in Fresno: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Location: the Terraces (San Joaquin Gardens) in their big room in the main building (on First Street, between Barstow and Bullard)
Time: 3-5 pm.
Her charities are:
American Humane Society: 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 360, Washington DC 20036
Heifer International: 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202
Valley Public Radio: 2589 Alluvial, Clovis, CA 93611
If you make a donation in Gail’s name, Kim Clark asks that you notify her. Email us to get her address.
We’d love for you to share your memories of Gail in a comment on this post.