On Wednesday, February 23rd, the BrainPOP family experienced a tremendous loss with the passing of Naomi Prawer Kadar, PhD. For those of you who may not be familiar with Naomi’s work, she was both the spirit and inspiration behind BrainPOP. She was also a beloved colleague, mentor, wife of Dr. Avraham Kadar, our Founder and CEO; mother to Maya, Nadav, and Einat; grandmother, sister, aunt, great-aunt, daughter, and friend to so many of us here in New York and around the world.
Naomi was a part of BrainPOP from the start. Beyond her guiding wisdom, she nurtured each project and team member with incredible warmth and encouragement. Naomi made everyone around her feel unique, special, and valued. She identified and developed talents in those she worked with and encouraged her colleagues to take those talents to new levels. While Naomi worked rigorously and with the highest standards, her serene presence had a calming effect on all of those around her.
Naomi was a gifted educator who taught and lectured in universities and schools around the world. She was deeply committed to a mission of reaching every kind of learner, everywhere. For Naomi, BrainPOP was more than a company or product; it was a labor of love to which she was passionately dedicated. Most recently, Naomi was the Senior Vice President of BrainPOP ESL, a project that began two years ago. Since its official launch last fall, BrainPOP ESL has already received accolades and awards throughout the educational community. As the project continues to grow and develop, Naomi’s principles and philosophy will constantly guide the work we do.
Words can’t express how deeply we will miss Naomi. Her beautiful spirit and steadfast belief in the power of education will remain with us always.
Our hearts go out to the Kadars and the BrainPOP family around the world during this time of grief. Our offices will be closed on Thursday as a way to pay respect to Naomi’s memory. Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing with you some of the special ways we plan to honor Naomi’s legacy. In the meantime, if you would like to share your feelings or thoughts, we invite you to do so here.
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Click here to watch a movie about mourning that was made in commemoration of Naomi.
Naomi’s family has set up a foundation in her honor. You can read about it here.