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South Florida teachers honored with Holocaust education prize

2012-03-17 20:08:08

Broward, Palm Beach county teachers honored with Holocaust education prize
March 15, 2012
By Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel

Four South Florida teachers, recognized as community leaders in Holocaust, genocide and human rights education, will spend three weeks this summer on a special international study tour.

The 2012 Outstanding Holocaust Educator Award winners receive an all-expenses paid trip to Holocaust-related sites in Poland and Germany, a memorial in Israel, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

From Palm Beach County, the recipients are Toshimi Abe-Janiga of Riviera Beach Preparatory and Achievement Academy, a public alternative school, and Rosemelda Ibalarrosa of Omni Middle in Boca Raton.

The Broward honorees are Lila Kimbar, who teaches at Somerset Academy charter elementary school, and Bruce Klasner from Everglades High School in Miramar.

Benefactor Arthur Gutterman established the prize for the Florida Atlantic University Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education. The four teachers were celebrated at a Teacher Appreciation Dinner in January.

The award is intended "to honor individuals who actively, by their example and through teaching about these difficult subjects, strengthen South Florida students' world-citizenship and capacity to uphold the dignity of all persons."

Annette Levine, one of three 2011 award winners, called the tour "profoundly life-changing" after having had a passion for Holocaust lessons for years.

"The ability to visit two of the world's finest Holocaust museums and to walk the grounds of the authentic sites with other teachers who share my interest and with experts in the field of Holocaust study afforded me an entirely new perspective on how I will teach this crucial topic in the future," said Levine, who teaches sixth-grade language arts at Don Estridge High Tech Middle in Boca Raton.

"More than anything else, hearing about and reading about the personal stories of the victims and then walking the grounds upon which they suffered so intensely had the greatest emotional impact on me," she said.

Levine has plans to incorporate the experience into curriculum she'll be teaching after spring break, "to forge an emotional bond between my students and those who bore these atrocities."


Source: SunSintenel.com

 

 

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