This summer many school district teachers attended seminars throughout the world to keep up to date on the fast pace of new trends in Holocaust Education. This part of history plays an integral part as it teaches students to be a responsible and respectful person, for the purposes of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions.

Maureen Holtzer, Holocaust teacher at Palm Beach Central HS and one of the winners of the FAU Gutterman Family Outstanding Holocaust Teacher of the Year Award studied at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust National Museum in Jerusalem. Monica Friedmann from Spanish River, and AP World Languages teacher also received this prestigious award and attended the seminar which included visits to the Ghetto Fighter’s Museum and the Diaspora Museum.

Palm Beach County also had four teachers attend the excellent pedagogical seminar held by Facing History and Ourselves in Brookline, MA.  The teachers were Sara Stout from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts; Marie-Amalie Farris and Tawny Anderson from Wellington High School; and Brian Knowles from Riviera Prep Academy.  These teachers learned about human behavior and the Holocaust and how to tie in these events to United States history and events in our past.

Fawn Tennenbaum from Crestwood Middle was selected to attend the Jewish Labor and Resistance journey through the Holocaust by visiting Washington, D.C., Jerusalem and Eastern Europe.  Her experience brought her directly to the sites of the Holocaust and she will continue to teach lessons of kindness, empathy, and respect for others to her students through literature, writing, and life lessons.

Toshimi Abe-Janiga from Riviera Preparatory has been named a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow and regional teacher for the next two years.  She spent a week in Washington, D.C. studying the pedagogy of the Holocaust. Ms. Abe-Janiga teaches the Holocaust through various language arts formats and makes sure that survivors speak at her school each year.

Darrell Schwartz, Holocaust teacher from Royal Palm Beach High School attended the Appalachian State Summer Institute in North Carolina for five days. He has studied the history of the Holocaust at Yad Vashem in Israel, Facing History and Ourselves in New York City, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and at Florida Atlantic University.

Ten teachers from the district were in Washington, D.C. for three days in early June thanks to a generous grant from inSIGHT and Norman Frajman, a Survivor of the concentration camps and the Warsaw Ghetto accompanied this group on a life-changing experience.

Maureen Carter, the K-12 Holocaust Studies Program Planner was invited to the Centropa Summer Academy in Berlin, Germany for 8 days along with Julie Gates from Loggers Run Middle. They were part of an 80 person team of educators throughout the world to study the Weimar Republic, the Holocaust, and the Soviet influence after World War II. Ms. Gates was the Florida Social Studies Teacher of the Year last year.

Eight teachers attended the Florida Atlantic Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education Summer Institute for five days where they learned of the devastating aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust.  The teachers were:

  • Brenda J. Breckon – Park Vista HS
  • Bonnie Cohen – Park Vista HS
  • Robert Goodman – Palm Beach Gardens HS
  • Lisa Hanser – Bak Middles School of the Arts
  • Rose Ibalarrosa – Omni Middle
  • Harold Lesser – Palm Beach Maritime Academy
  • Randi Schietz – Binks Forest Elementary
  • Thomas Zack – Okeeheelee Middle

Abbe Snyder from Olympic Heights High School will present at the annual English Language Arts Pre-School Symposium on August 15, 2013.

For more information contact Maureen Carter at 561-434-8933 or via email maureen.carter@palmbeachschools.org.



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