Summer Conference Brings Future Teachers from Across U.S. to Holocaust Museum Houston

HOUSTON, TX (June 7, 2011) – Twenty-five students from across the United States traveled to Houston this June 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 June 5, 2011 for seven 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 more than 20 Holocaust scholars, educators, authors and artists, including: Naomi Warren, a Holocaust survivor and philanthropist; Sandra Bernhard, director of HGOco with the Houston Grand Opera; Carey Conner, a visual arts educator at The University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Sherry Field, professor and associate dean at The University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Gideon Greif, an Israeli historian; Dr. Mary Johnson, senior historian with Facing History and Ourselves; Stephanie Kaye with the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem; Dr. Shira Lander, a lecturer in Jewish studies at Rice University; Dr. Lawrence Langer, emeritus professor of English at Simmons College in Boston; Dr. Cathryn Mercier, professor and associate dean, Simmons College; Dr. Ann Millin, historian with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Nancy Patz, author; Matthew Remington, a visual arts educator at The University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Karen Shawn, visiting associate professor of Jewish education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Yeshiva University; Chaja Verveer, a child survivor of the Holocaust and commissioner of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission; and Kelly Webeck, a photographer and visual arts educator.

Museum staff and volunteers presenting at the fellowship included Dr. Mary Lee Webeck, HMH director of education; Cynthia Capers, associate director of education; Natalie Herzog, associate director of education; and docents Hazel Bensky and Jan Robertson.

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 2011 fellows and their colleges included:

  • Auburn: Lauren Hamilton
  • Baylor University: Hannah Weems
  • Simmons College: Lauren Amorin, Michal Berdugo, Nicholas Fisichella, Nancy Prieto and Chelsea Twohig
  • St. Edwards University: Jessica Gonzales
  • Texas A&M University-San Antonio: Effie Baeza, Barbara Baker
  • The University of Texas at Austin: Maggie Behle, Josephine Icaro, Kasey Kirk, Sydney Lewis, Amanda Palmer and Kathryn Ridnour
  • The University of Texas at Tyler: Francisco Flores
  • University of Houston: Jared Flynn, Alison Marcomm, Patricia Vandaveer
  • University of Houston-Downtown: Jennifer Lankau Chase, Jennifer Broussard, Mary Lindinger, Michelle Tovar
  • University of St. Thomas: Inkya Williams

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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