This year, three of the four winners of the Gutterman Family Outstanding Holocaust Educator of the Year Award are from the School District of Palm Beach County.
The highly competitive award, funded by Arthur Gutterman, enables winning teachers to participate in an all-expense paid educator field study to Poland and Israel.
Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education recently hosted the annual Educator Appreciation Dinner where all the winners were honored.
“It is amazing that we received three of the four winners,” said Maureen Carter, the District’s K-5 Elementary Social Studies/Holocaust Program Planner.
Krystal Lamb – Social Science teacher at Park Vista Community High School
She is dedicated to educating youth and the community about the Holocaust through the use of visual projects, research, and volunteering. Students are able to connect to the victims of the Holocaust and to pledge to stop genocide from occurring again in their lifetime. Lamb’s passion is educating for change and is apparent in her dedication to inspire students to take action against injustices. She serves as advisor to the Park Vista Student Government Association and the Cobra Link Crew, in addition to coaching soccer and softball, furthering her impact on students.
Bogdan Paraschivoiu – Language Arts teacher at Omni Middle School
He has been a middle school teacher for five years in Europe and the United States. Paraschivoiu earned degrees in French and English language and literature and a second degree in cultural studies, with a major in Jewish Studies from University of Babes Bolyai. He has a master’s degree in intercultural and interreligious communication from the UNESCO chair within the University of Bucharest. He graduated from the Romanian Diplomatic Institute within the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2012. In 2017, he was named as an Alfred Lerner Fellow with the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.
Bradd L. Weinberg, Esq. – International Baccalaureate World History and Law Studies teacher at Carver Community Middle School
He has been teaching in Delray Beach for the past four years. He decided to pursue a career as an educator after successfully practicing criminal defense law for 20 years. Weinberg obtained his certification in elementary education, social science for middle school and high school, as well as gifted endorsement. His course of studies includes an in-depth unit on the Holocaust and an examination of the corruption and aftermath of the pre- and post-Holocaust German Legal System. Weinberg also teaches Holocaust and film studies at Temple Shaarei Shalom Religious School in Boynton Beach.
The Outstanding Holocaust Educator Award recognizes K – 12 teachers who have had a demonstrated positive impact on their schools and the wider community in the field of Holocaust, genocide, and human rights education. The award was established by Arthur Gutterman for the Florida Atlantic University Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education to honor individuals who actively, by their example and through teaching about these difficult subjects, strengthen south Florida students’ world-citizenship and capacity to uphold the dignity of all persons.