A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Klee holds her Ed.M. from Boston University and a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Brandeis University. In 1991, after completing her doctorate and teaching history on the college level, Mary Beth founded Crossroads Academy, an independent K-8 day school in New Hampshire with twin goals of academic and moral excellence. In the early '90s, she worked with Crossroads faculty to develop a virtues-based character education program. Dr. Klee authored and Crossroads faculty piloted the literature-based Core Virtues program. Core Virtues is in its thirtieth year of use, and twenty-seventh year of publication. Dr. Klee has conducted numerous professional development workshops on its use throughout the United States, as well as Chile and Kenya.
Convinced that our striving for human excellence must be grounded in the nature of the human experience, Mary Beth has also worked on the development of Kindergarten to twelfth grade history programs. With exceptional colleagues at K12, Inc., she co-edited three middle school world history textbooks: The Human Odyssey, Prehistory Through the Middle Ages (Vol 1),The Human Odyssey, Our Modern World 1400-1914 (Vol 2),The Human Odyssey, From Modern Times to Our Contemporary Era (Vol 3) and one U.S. history text with distinguished historian Morton Keller: The American Odyssey A History of the United States. (2009) Mary Beth's most recent book, Leonore's Suite (2020) is historical fiction inspired by true events. It is a coming-of-age story of an American teen girl interned by the Japanese in World War II.
Mary Beth Klee and her husband Javier Valenzuela founded the Core Virtues Foundation in 2017, and Dr. Klee acted as its President until July 2022. Mary Beth continues to serve as the program's Interim Director. She splits her time between Naples, Florida and Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where she delights in nearness to her four grandchildren.
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