January Conference Brings Future Teachers from Seven States to Holocaust Museum Houston

HOUSTON, TX (Jan. 18, 2010) – Twenty undergraduate and graduate Syracuse University students traveled to Houston this January to participate in a one-of-a-kind program that helps future educators learn how to teach their students about one of history’s darkest times, the Holocaust, and about its relevance to today’s world.

The students arrived Jan. 9 for six days of training as fellows of Holocaust Museum Houston’s fourth annual Spector/Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers, which is designed specifically for Syracuse students.

The nationally acclaimed fellowship provides intensive training and opportunities to hear from international experts on World War II history, as well as from Houston-area survivors of the Nazi atrocities of the Holocaust.

Their training included presentations by Dr. Alan Goldberg, emeritus professor at Syracuse; Dr. William F. Meinecke, education historian with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Dr. Mary Johnson, senior historian with Facing History and Ourselves; Dr. Elisa Macedo Dekaney, assistant professor of music education in the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse; Susan Shaw, director of education for the Anti-Defamation League; Mike Madden, a teacher in the Fort Bend Independent School District; Helen Colin, a Holocaust survivor; Nancy Patz, an artist and author of “Who Was The Woman Who Wore the Hat?”; Lawrence Siegel, composer of “Kaddish,” and Dr. Doris L. Bergen with the Department of History at the University of Toronto.

The students toured and studied the Museum’s permanent exhibit “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers” and its current changing exhibits “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” and “BESA: Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust.”

The Spector/Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers, supported by The Solomon Spector Foundation, is designed to bring the lessons of the Holocaust into the classroom and is a major component of the Museum’s educational outreach for pre-service teachers.

“The Spector Warren Fellowship is an ideal setting to challenge beginning teachers to teach the lessons of the Holocaust. They spend the week learning with renowned Holocaust scholars and excellent educators. As they return to New York to begin the semester, they are changed human beings — ready to think more conceptually and contextually about this complex history,” said Dr. Mary Lee Webeck, the Museum’s director of education.

The fellows were selected through an application and review process. The 2010 fellows and their hometowns include:

  • Barre, VT: Elizabeth Charron
  • Canandaigua, NY: Catherine Frankel
  • Cleveland, OH: Carly Fox
  • Delmar, NY: Katie Rowan
  • Lauderhill, FL: Adrian Henry
  • Mantius, NY: Deborah Cunningham
  • Montclair, NJ: Sara Yablonsky
  • Mount Vernon, NY: Tyrone Shaw
  • New Paltz, NY: Nicole Ferrante
  • North Syracuse, NY: Rhiannon Berry
  • Orchard Park, NY: Kate Mankowski
  • Oswego, NY: Lindsay Roberts
  • Paterson, NJ: Mone’t Kendall
  • Syracuse, NY: Jimsak Daoreuang, Amanda Natale, Dana Reid
  • Tupper Lake, NY: Humphrey Brown
  • Valatie, NY: Alyssa Bell
  • Versailles, KY: Ellen Royse
  • Warren, PA: Crystal LaPoint

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’s Morgan Family Center 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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