Ellen grew up in Miami, Florida. A teacher with more than 35 years of experience, she taught high school English, Philosophy, Ethics and Leadership as well as a middle school gifted program. Ellen has even taught at a religious, Jewish high school and at a prison.
She began her career at age twenty-one teaching English. She was thrilled to make a living by talking about Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Harper Lee and J.D. Salinger. As much as she loves the stories and language, her heart is with the kids.
Ellen earned her masters from Harvard, obtaining a joint degree from the schools of Arts and Sciences and Education. She returned to Miami more committed than ever to continue teaching.
Through the Glazer/Lorton Writing Institute, the Dade Academy for the Teaching Arts (DATA), and her presidency of the Miami-Dade County Council of Teachers of English, she has been able to teach and learn from many other teachers.
She was named “Teacher of the Year” in several instances at various schools. In 2001, she was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. In 2003, Kempler was inducted into the Florida Women of Achievement.
Outside of work, she is passionate about her family and friends. She and her husband, Ken Rosen, have seven children and five grandchildren. As well as four god-children. RESULTS, a grass roots lobby to end the worst aspects of poverty, is a big part of her life. The organization works to influence media and legislation in the areas of health, education, and economic development for the purpose of ending poverty.
Through RESULTS, she traveled to Bangladesh and met Muhammad Yunus, 2006 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Grameen Bank, which lends money to the poor women for business projects so that they can become self-sufficient. As a result, Kathleen Close and Kempler founded Partners for Self-Employment.
Ellen enjoys reading fiction, history, science and biographies, as well as, riding her bike, water aerobics, yoga, and pilates. She has also practiced meditation since 1972. She believes the greatest gift is life itself. Kempler intends to “cultivate radical amazement at the tiniest stimulation.”