“I grew tired of waiting to see books that center people who look like me, or come from similar backgrounds. You don’t need to wait for an invitation to write your own story. Build your own table, and fill its seats with people and projects that sustain you and bring you joy.”
Liz Kleinrock (she/her) is a transracially adopted Korean, Jewish, queer, antibias and antiracist educator, author, and consultant. Liz was born in South Korea and grew up in Washington, DC before attending Washington University in St. Louis, MO. After graduating, Liz moved to Oakland, California, where she worked as an AmeriCorps teacher with Girls Inc. and Super Stars Literacy. Following her service, Liz moved to Los Angeles, where she attended UCLA’s Teacher Education Program, and earned her M.Ed. After teaching a 5th grade class in Watts, Liz joined the founding faculty of a school in East Hollywood. In 2020, Liz returned to her DC roots and taught 6th grade before embarking on a new role as an elementary school librarian and working in her school’s office of equity and inclusion.
In addition to classroom teaching, Liz also works as an antibias antiracist facilitator for schools, organizations, and companies across the country. Her work has gained national recognition through a documentary short produced by Fluid Film, and media outlets such as CNN, The Washington Post, NPR, and BBC. In 2018, Liz received Learning for Justice’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and served on the organization’s Advisory Board. Liz is proud to share her 2019 TED Talk from “Education Everywhere” on building foundations of equity with young learners which has gained over 2 million views, and the release of her first book, Start Here Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work In Your School Community with Heinemann Publishing. She is also excited to share the upcoming releases of four children’s books with Harper Collins. She currently resides in Washington, DC, with her partner and two bunnies.
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