Jeanne, your Tribes book was with me when I first started teaching in South Carolina in 1977. Now, 35 years later, it is the ONLY book I still have and use. (As language teachers, we don’t use books anymore to teach languages – we tell stories)  I have been a better teacher because of you. Your ideas and activities are as fresh and useful as the day I started using them. Tribes helped me design a way of teaching based on the student first and the material second. Your ideas are visonary. As I get ready now to hang up my cleats, I look back and realize that I must THANK YOU for all you have done for me and my thousands of students. What great, truly human, things you have shared with us in that book. It is so nice to be able to share this great news with you. Your book, its sparkling message of respect for others, has guided my career like no other. Hats off to you, Jeanne Gibbs!

Ben Slavic
Denver Public Schools