Lisa Marie Adeli

February 17, 1958December 22, 2020

Lisa Marie Adeli, age 62, of Tucson, Arizona passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Lisa was born February 17, 1958.

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Betsy Devlin-Foltz

February 8, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Lisa's passing. I knew her through her thoughtful work bringing the world to K-12 students and teachers. Her legacy lives on. My deepest condolences to her loved ones and her colleagues.

Janet Reiner

February 7, 2021

We were deeply saddened to learn of Lisa’s illness and her passing and want to extend to you, Aman, and your family our condolences. Lisa’s intelligence, compassion, enthusiasm for life, love for her family and joy in living have made memories of her very special. Her smile was a gift to all.

Syd Golston

January 21, 2021

How many times have we shared presentations at social studies conferences, here in Arizona and across the country? Lisa was a gift to educators, with her special resources on teaching about the Middle East when they was most needed. She was a genrous scholar and colleague.Rest in peace, Lisa. You will be missed.
Syd Golston

Karen Momanaee

January 21, 2021

Dear Lisa was one of those special people that make a great impact on you in a short period of time. I’ve known Lisa since our children were little, we visited back and forth between Sierra Vista and Houston. I got much closer to her in the past 5-6 years when we started traveling together. Being on adventures with Lisa and Aman were some of my most enjoyable times. Lisa was one of the most kind, generous, and sincere people I have ever known. She cared about everyone around her and everyone far away. Any one that knew her knew that Aman, Bobby, Shawn, and Ross were everything to her. She was so proud of them and so proud to be their wife and mother. She always had a story to tell about what they were up to. Her other loves of course were travel and learning. You couldn’t ask for a better travel companion than Lisa- no one could make an itinerary like her. She was so interested and knowledgeable about so much. I will treasure our many adventures together for always and will miss her dearly. May everyone that loved her keep her in their hearts and memories.

Maureen McCorry

January 20, 2021

The following was my response to Lisa upon reading her email of 12/6/20:

I just read this and I’m sending you love and hugs. You’ve been on my list to contact for some time and now I know why.

I am going to share a few thoughts:

1) Meeting you at the NCSS conference (Austin):
There were several sessions that appealed to me within the time frame in which you were presenting. I asked around and every educator I encountered directed me to your session: It went something like this: "you are the real deal -- the opportunities you shared with teachers were off the charts" -- and, having been on your list for just over a year, I couldn't agree more;

2) My plans for our CA Global Ed/Stan State website:
Because your outreach efforts are so comprehensive...and I didn't want to expropriate your work; I had planned to add "Lisa's corner" -- a place on our website with a direct link to the wonderful opportunities you CONSISTENTLY cultivate -- your work is exceptional;

3) I have been singing your praises to ALL of the teacher in my network who have expressed in interest in the Middle East... .they joined because there is so much value in what you bring to this work;

4) I have been a globally minded teacher for most of my career and I have never seen Title VI coordinator, go above and beyond to ensure that teachers get important information in timely fashion.

Since attending NCSS, I chatted with you once, this summer. While I wasn't able to recruit teachers to adopt virtual exchange this year, I was so impressed with the program you co-created with your colleague in North Carolina. I appreciated your generosity in sharing the names of applicants who might be interested in working with teachers in the US.

In that same conversation, you spoke about your sons; one was a police officer and you shared your concern for his safety. I hope you'll spend your days with family and loved ones by your side.

You are an amazing educator and an inspiration.

Therese Tendick

January 14, 2021

There are some people you meet in your life who really have a positive impact. Lisa was one of those. She smiled. She reached out to help. She was a plethora of knowledge and passion. I worked on several projects with Lisa as she reached out to those of us in international education at the Maricopa Community Colleges, and I can attest to her passion, hard work, and genuinely positive nature. She will be missed. My condolences to her family. Please know that she made a difference in her life and that the spirit of everything about her that I described above lives on in us and the work we do.

Susan Douglass

January 12, 2021

Lisa Adeli was a force of nature as an educator. She cared for her students, for the teachers she served, and for the people and places in the world whose lives and stories she worked to share with educators in a full and enlightening manner. We educators and outreach professionals owe Lisa an enduring debt of gratitude for her leadership among us, for her intellectual work in writing and disseminating sound curriculum, and for her mentorship and shining example as a teacher.

John Liffiton

January 8, 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing Lisa for several years. She was truly a professional and had a heart of gold. I was fortunate to travel with her to the Balkans on a Fulbright and to work with her on several conferences. She also spoke twice for Genocide Awareness Week. Lisa is someone I'll not only miss professionally, but someone I'll miss personally. She was a good educator, a good organizer, a good director, and she was truly a good person. My sincerest and deepest sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues. The world was a better place because of Lisa.

Fati Hatami

January 8, 2021

It has been hard writing anything, because I couldn't find the words to describe our relationship and all the feelings involved in it and I couldn’t possibly wrap our 34 years friendship in few phrases. Somehow, it was easier to just sit and cry than to do this.
I remember the first time I met Lisa; she made me feel very comfortable and instantly I knew I had an amazing friend for life.
I will always remember the special times we spent together, our travels, our heart to heart talks, laughs and tears, and above all talking about our children and families. Lisa was one of the most generous women I have ever met. She was always lending a hand to others and reaching out when they were in need
She showed me that no matter how hard life can be, we must all learn from it every day and embrace every moment of it.
There is no one in this world like her.
She was one of my closest and dearest friends, and I miss her greatly.

Rachael Henry

January 7, 2021

Dr. Lisa Adeli was a brilliant teacher, kind mentor, and a stunning coordinator of opportunities for teachers. I remember her as someone who was easy to talk to, an intellectual with a sense of humor. I first met Lisa when I was student teaching at Buena High School. At that time and after I was hired, she was welcoming and gracious to myself and all her colleagues. When Lisa went to work for the U of A she left me her Honors World History classes and the National History Day Competition, eventually we got to hang out in the DC area as we were both chaperoning students who made it to the national competition. Like many others, I benefited from being on her list serve where she shared travel opportunities for teachers. Lisa was the co-leader for a trip to the Balkans I was extremely fortunate to be selected for in 2017. Conversations with Lisa were always interesting and covered a wide range of topics. We talked about history, politics, food, education, cool restaurants, people we know, food again, and MOST importantly our families. Lisa Adeli made a positive impact in the academic community while being devoted to her family. Lisa leaves a legacy of tolerance, love, brilliance, and integrity. May we all strive to continue it.