Kate Weckesser English, Executive Director
Kate became the full-time Executive Director for the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights in August 2019, after volunteering in this position since July 2016. She has served as Deputy Executive Director, on staff, and on the board of directors with EIHR since 2011.
Kate completed her Master's degree in Gifted and Talented Education at the University of Connecticut, where she also earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations. A graduate of Georgetown University's Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management program through the McCourt School of Public Policy, she is also currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Education Leadership and Administration at George Mason University.
Kate spent 18 years teaching in public school classrooms in Connecticut and Virginia. In 2007, she was recognized as District-wide Teacher of the Year for Colchester Public Schools in Connecticut, and received the Joseph Zola Holocaust Educator award from the University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies. She has been a Museum Teacher Fellow for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC since 2007, and received two Advanced Project Grants, one in 2008 and the other in 2015, to complete projects in collaboration with the Center for the Prevention of Genocide and the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. In 2009, she was honored to accept an invitation to participate in Echoes and Reflections' inaugural Charlotte and Jacques Wolf Holocaust Education Conference, held at Columbia Teacher's College. Kate attended Summer University Srebrenica in 2011, and in 2008 served as a Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Fellow in Ukraine through IREX and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
A dual-citizen of the U.S. and the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Kate’s family’s experiences with sectarian division first fostered her commitment to human rights.
Kim Klett, Deputy Executive Director
Kim Klett is an English teacher who lives in Gilbert, Arizona. She has taught at Dobson High School since 1991, where she developed a semester-long Holocaust Literature course in 2001, teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides. Kim's work with EIHR currently focuses on US Teacher Initiatives, particularly developing lessons and materials pertaining to facilitating student advocacy. Kim became a Mandel Fellow (now "Museum Teacher Fellow") with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2003, and joined the museum's Regional Education Corps in 2005. She is also a trainer for Echoes and Reflections, a professional development program for teachers or the Holocaust. Kim became a Carl Wilkens' Fellow in 2010 and is an active member of the anti-genocide movement. She sponsors clubs at her school that support these efforts, including STAND and ADL's A World of Difference. In her community, Kim has worked with the East Valley Jewish Community Center, serving on many of their education committees, and is on the board of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors' Association.
Aimable Mpayimana, Director of Education, Rwanda
Aimable holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Mount Kenya University, Kigali campus. He also holds Bachelor’s degree in Arts with Education from the University of Rwanda/ College of Education. As Director of Education in Rwanda, Aimable is responsible for coordinating and facilitating workshops across Rwanda, and led EIHR's recent successful extension of programming to Rwanda's rural provinces. Aimable has taught in Rwandan secondary schools and tutored at the University of Rwanda/College of Education. His approach exposed his students to the study of prominent people that all people should look up to and emulate. Apart from this class experience, he has participated in the trainings organized by the Anne Frank House, USC Shoah Foundation, and with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Conference for International Holocaust Education. In addition to this practical experience, he is a member of the Association of Teachers of English in Rwanda. Aimable is happily married to Jeanne d’Arc Uwamahoro, and they are blessed with a beautiful family; they all live in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.
Jessica Bylo Chacon, Technology and International Program Support
Jessica is an educator with a passion for quality history teaching and the inclusion of human rights in the curriculum. Her work with EIHR supports efforts in Rwanda and Bosnia, and our organization as a whole, particularly strategic planning, outreach, and technology. She recently earned her Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Georgetown University. While teaching for nearly a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area, she was selected to travel with the Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Teachers Program and in 2006 she traveled to Rwanda to study genocide and its effects. She is a Teacher Fellow with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as the National World War I Museum, earned a masters degree in modern world history and is currently working on a masters in Human Rights Education. Since leaving the classroom to take care of her young daughter, she has created the website bylochacon.com, a clearinghouse of more than 350 pages of resources for world history teachers and students, a project that is the foundation of her work for the Woven Teaching project, which supports human rights and critical thinking education by weaving it throughout the history and social science curriculum and providing human rights lesson modules for educators abroad. Jessica is an active board member for the small non-profit Running Chicken, devoted to development and the support of a children's home in rural Kenya as well as wraparound services to enable children of families in need in rural Rwanda to be able to complete primary school. She lives in Berkeley, California with her family.
Kelly Watson, Education Coordinator, International
Kelly is an 8th grade English teacher at Fishers Junior High in Fishers, Indiana. As a Program Coordinator for EIHR, she currently leads our work in Cambodia, where she presents Holocaust Education workshops in partnership with the DC-Cam. She is a member of the Museum Teacher Fellowship for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a Master Teacher with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, and a 2013 participant of the Centropa Summer Academy in Berlin. Kelly has traveled throughout the US and Poland working with teachers on how to effectively teach about the Holocaust and other genocides. In 2001 she published a collection of testimonies with her students, entitled Indiana Voices of the Holocaust: Teens Talk to Survivors and Liberators, and in 2012 along with colleague Robert Hadley published an online curriculum for the USC Shoah Foundation called If You Survive, Be a Man: Teaching the 1994 Rwandan Genocide of the Tutsis and an Information Quest on the USC Shoah Foundation's IWitness page about survivor Kizito Kalima.
Antonella Giordano, Director, Human Rights Research
Antonella Giordano is a Licentiate in International Relations and Master's in Peace Culture, Conflicts, Education and Human Rights. She is a passionate specialist on human rights from Argentina. Antonella works on human rights at the national, regional and international level, as well as in Foreign Policy and International Law. Antonella works on Institutional Development at the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS), she's a current member of the Observatory of Argentinean Foreign Policy, and the International Network of Human Rights. She has been a professor of International Relations Theories, International Security and International Politics at Catholic University of Cordoba in Argentina.
Alma Zero, Education Coordinator, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Alma Žero was born and educated in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she earned her M.A. in English Language and Literature at the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Philosophy. For the past ten years, she has worked as an EFL teacher in several Sarajevo schools and NGOs on communication and creative learning with multi-leveled learners, and participated in various projects on youth engagement, conflict resolution, and human rights education. As of 2017, she is a Museum Teacher Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and a PhD candidate in the Teacher Education and Education Sciences program at the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She currently teaches at the University of Sarajevo, Department of English Language and Literature, and continues to explore her interests in education policy, foreign language teaching, teacher training, and peace education.