Maestra Bertha Gómez Maqueo
September 10, 1914 – August 23, 2014
MEXTESOL regrets to inform the English Language Teaching Community in Mexico of the death of one of its beloved founding members, Bertha Gomez Maqueo.
Messages in English or Spanish of condolences and remembrances can be sent to MEXTESOL (firstname.lastname@example.org) which will publish/display these messages on this website and convey them to the Gómez-Maqueo family. We invite you to share your stories and photos of Bertha.
Ulrich Schrader, Academic Consultant, MEXTESOL
I had already been a member of MEXTESOL for a few years in 1978 when Bertha Gomez Maqueo was President of MEXTESOL and the local co-chair of the 12th TESOL Convention held in Mexico City. That year was a pivotal moment in my professional life: I became more deeply aware of and involved in the fascinating, wider world of ELT in Mexico and beyond and became motivated to start attending the annual MEXTESOL convention in Guanajuato in the fall of that same year and to shortly thereafter begin studying a Master’s Degree in TESOL where many of my teachers were (and still are) MEXTESOL luminaries. Many years later, when I myself became President of MEXTESOL in 1993 I could always count on receiving encouraging words whispered to me by Bertha Gomez Maqueo motivating me to do my best. Bertha always had positive words to say for whatever I was doing in my early years of active participation in MEXTESOL governance and in the last twelve years or so would give me approving looks and comments that showed she felt that MEXTESOL was in good hands. In the last several years when I saw her at her birthday masses she would always ask me how MEXTESOL was doing and I would tell her that things were going well….and Bertha would nod approvingly.