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THGC Announces Recipient of Inaugural Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Educator Award

L-R: THGC Executive Director William McWhorter; THGC Commissioner Suzanne Ransleben;
award winner Cheryl Holland; THGC Education Coordinator J.E. Wolfson;
Robinson Junior High School Principal Shelly Chudej

The THGC’s mission is primarily one of education, and one of the most important things we can do in that regard is to help teachers.  In that vein, the commission created an annual award to recognize the Texas teacher most dedicated to Holocaust and/or genocide education.  This year, we received applications from most of the 20 educational regions in the state.  Please join us in congratulating Cheryl Holland of Robinson Junior High School as the first recipient of the Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Educator Award!

Ms. Holland was notified of the commission’s decision in person, at a surprise ceremony that took place at her school on May 30, 2017.  THGC Commissioner Suzanne Ransleben, Executive Director William McWhorter, and Education Coordinator J.E. Wolfson made the announcement at a special school assembly.

Local press was present to cover the event; you can find their articles at the following links:

Robinson teacher recognized with Holocaust award | KCENTV.com

Robinson: Teacher surprised with award | KWTX.com

Robinson ISD teacher wins first award from Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission | mycenTX.com

This outstanding educator award was generously funded by Dr. Anna Steinberger, through Friends of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission.  Dr. Steinberger is a Holocaust survivor, and a founding member of the THGC.

The award is open to all Texas educators of grades 5-12 (this includes teachers, librarians, and curriculum specialists).  Contenders need to demonstrate their commitment to teaching about the Holocaust and/or the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur, or Iraq/Syria, by completing an application.  The winner receives a $1,000.00 prize.

The THGC knows how hard Texas teachers work every day, and the commission is excited to offer this annual award.  If you know a Texas teacher (including yourself) who demonstrates a commitment to educating their students about the Holocaust and/or other genocides, please keep an eye on our website for information on the 2018 Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Educator Award!