Veteran Holocaust Educator Joins Holocaust Museum Houston Education Staff

HOUSTON, TX (Aug. 29, 2006) A University of Texas assistant professor widely known for her work in Holocaust education has joined the education staff at Holocaust Museum Houston.

Dr. Mary Lee Webeck has been named the Museum’s new director of education initiatives while on leave from The University of Texas at Austin (UT), where she serves as an assistant professor of social studies and curriculum studies in the College of Education.

At the Museum she will be responsible for creating and implementing educational initiatives through curriculum development and program design; conducting professional development events for teachers and university teacher educators; and performing Web-based education outreach programs.

Webeck is a nationally board-certified educator. In seven years as a public school teacher, she won numerous awards, including being named the Indiana Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2000 and the Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year in 1999. She was the recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2000, and her published works have appeared in Social Studies and the Young Learner, Action in Teacher Education, Arts and Learning Research Journal, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, and the Kappa Delta Pi Record, as well as in numerous book chapters.

Webeck received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2001 and a master’s degree in education from Purdue in 1995. She became an assistant professor at UT in 2001 after serving as master teacher-in-residence and as an adjunct assistant professor at Purdue.

At The University of Texas, she received a university-wide Academic Innovation Award, a Dean’s Fellowship and three research grants. She served on the National Council for the Social Studies Research Committee and as a member of the Editorial Board for Social Studies and the Young Learner. She served as the 2005-2006 chair of the AERA Research in Social Studies Education Special Interest Group.

Webeck has worked closely with the Center for Civic Education, the State Bar of Texas and Holocaust Museum Houston in creating and administering professional development opportunities for teachers.

She is a member of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Education Research Association and the John Dewey Society. She has served as a member of the Houston Museum’s Advisory Board of Directors in 2005-2006 and has served as a volunteer coordinator for the Museum’s Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers participants while at the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, and The Holocaust Martyr’s and Heroe’s Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

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