May Conference Brings Future Teachers from Four States to Holocaust Museum Houston

HOUSTON, TX (May 28, 2010) – Twenty-two students from four states traveled to Houston this May 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 – from Texas, Alabama, Oregon and Massachusetts – arrived May 23, 2010 for six days of training as fellows of Holocaust Museum Houston’s Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers.

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 from Dr. Mary Lee Webeck, director of education for Holocaust Museum Houston; Dr. Sherry Field and Dr. Joan Shiring of The University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Ann Millin, an historian with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; author Nancy Patz; Lawrence Siegel, composer of the oratorio "Kaddish;" Dr. Lawrence Langer, emeritus professor of English at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts; Stephanie Kaye of the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Israel; Dr. Mary Johnson, senior historian with Facing History and Ourselves; Ann Wilkes Tucker of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Dr. Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University.

Students toured and studied the Museum’s permanent exhibit “Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers” and its current changing exhibit "Never Let It Rest! An Art Project by Hans Molzberger."

“The Warren Fellowship is an ideal setting to challenge teachers to teach the lessons of the Holocaust. They spend the week learning with renowned Holocaust scholars and excellent educators. As they return to their classrooms, they are changed human beings — ready to think more conceptually and contextually about this complex history,” said Webeck.

The Warren Fellowship, initiated in 2003 and supported by the Naomi and Martin Warren Family 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 fellows were selected through an application and review process.

The 2010 fellows and their hometowns include:

  • Auburn University – Emily Duke and Lee-Cassie Robinson
  • Houston Baptist University – Nagma Meharali
  • Lamar University – Joyce Blain
  • Lamar University, Beaumont - Daphne Stuart
  • Millsaps College – Paige Thomas
  • Simmons College – Elizabeth Koczera, Jody Peters and Alyssa Rizzo
  • Texas A&M University, San Antonio – Courtney Holley, J. Michael Morse and Shannon Saunders
  • Texas Southern University – Jesse Ramos
  • Texas Tech University – Lynn Brooks
  • The University of Texas at Austin – Noel Betzner-Gauny, Maureen Luyun, Chelsie Shafer, Deborah Simon and Michael Cormier
  • University of Houston – Christopher Witschonke and Laura Reed
  • University of Phoenix – Sarah Richard

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. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.

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