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

HOUSTON, TX (May 29, 2012) – Twenty-four students from across the United 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 arrived May 21 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 a variety of Holocaust scholars, educators, authors and artists, including: Naomi Warren, a Holocaust survivor and philanthropist; Dr. Mary Johnson, senior historian with Facing History and Ourselves; Dr. Adam Jones, associate professor at The University of British Columbia, Okanagan; Dr. Joan Shiring, Dr. Kevin Michael Foster, Matthew Remington, Dr. Gideon Greif and Dr. Sherry Field, all of The University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Ann Millin, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Dr. Anne Wilkes Tucker, of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Nancy Patz, artist and author of “Who Was The Woman Who Wore the Hat?”; Jo Marks, a Houston civil rights activist; Dr. Lawrence Langer, emeritus professor, Simmons College; and Dr. Karen Shawn, Yeshiva University.

Child Holocaust survivor Chaja Verveer, a commissioner of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission and HMH board member, also addressed the students.

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 Bryan Howell and Dr. Hyman Penn.

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 2012 fellows and their colleges included:

  • Auburn University: Kaylee Bess and Bailey Taylor

  • California University of Pennsylvania: Alana Lacey

  • East Carolina University: Casey Anthony

  • Kingston University: Emily Sample

  • Lamar University: Marissa Bell

  • Southern Methodist University: Martha Carlisle and Channing Cass

  • St. Cloud State University: Megan Nichols

  • Texas A&M University: Jera Blanchard and Brianne Darling

  • Texas A&M University-San Antonio: Hillary Ruiz

  • Texas Christian University: Miriam Olivas and Maria Sandberg

  • The University of Texas at Austin: ArCasia James, Megan Kinney, Megan Meyer, Jackie Nichols, Kirsten  Wiley and Ati Wongsaroj

  • University of Houston: Jessica Danziger and Kristen Williams

  • University of Houston-Downtown: Eva Garcia and Tatiana Sanchez

This educator training program was supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc., and is generously supported by The Warren Fellowship Fund and the Naomi and Martin Warren Family Foundation and presented with special thanks to United Airlines, the official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

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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