Palmer was notified at a celebratory dinner in Houston, Texas on Sunday, August 1st.
Having worked at Morton Ranch High School since 2014, Palmer has taught World Geography and currently teaches Modern United States History and Engines of Change through History, a special topics course designed by Holocaust Museum Houston. After attending training from the museum in 2019, she helped implement the course as part of her campus curriculum. The course was later approved for integration throughout the district.
Palmer’s commitment to following best practices in teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides was clearly noted in her application. Asked about her biggest challenge in teaching about the Holocaust and/or genocides, she writes, “Instead of statistics, I utilize personal stories to ensure I am telling his and her story instead of dehumanizing the victims like the Nazis [did].” Palmer’s 2001 master’s thesis on how survivors process traumatic memory was completed under the supervision of a Holocaust survivor.
The Friends of THGAAC invited Palmer and her spouse to dinner on August 1st
to accept her monetary award and to celebrate her dedication to Holocaust education. In her acceptance speech to members of Friends, the THGAAC, and its staff, Palmer said, “I am just very grateful for this new relationship that I now have with the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Committee and all of your efforts to support teachers.”
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