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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Friends of THGAAC Outstanding Educator Award

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is pleased to announce the winner of the
2021 Friends of THGC Dr. Anna Steinberger Oustanding Educator Award

Sarah Palmer

Morton Ranch High School
Katy, Texas

5th Annual Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Educator Award winner, Mrs. Sarah Palmer

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.”

Read the full press release.

Dinner Ceremony

When the Friends of THGAAC awards the Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Educator Award of $1,000, traditionally, the winner is surprised on their campus by THGAAC staff and commissioners. Due to continued travel constraints and the need to practice social distancing on account of COVID-19, the Friends of THGAAC had to improvise this year! The Friends of THGAAC invited this year's winner to a celebratory dinner atKenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen in Houston, Texas on August 1, 2021.

Watch Mrs. Palmer's speech!

The application period for the
5th Annual Steinberger Award is closed.

The Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Committee (THGAAC) is firmly committed to supporting efforts to teach the next generation about the Holocaust and/or genocides in the Ottoman Empire (Armenians), Cambodia, Rwanda, the Balkans, Sudan (Darfur), and the Middle East (Iraq and Syria).

In 2021, the THGAAC will present a monetary award of $1,000 to one educator who demonstrates a record of excellence in engaging any of the aforementioned subjects with Texas students (grades 6-12). Librarians, curriculum specialists, and classroom teachers in any discipline were eligible to apply. This award is funded by the Friends of Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Committee 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Dr. Steinberger is a Holocaust survivor and served as a founding member of the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Committee. She retired from the University of Texas Medical School in 2001, but has continued to demonstrate a commitment to education in Texas.

Download our flyer for a reference to the 5th annual award’s details.

Requirements

Past Steinberger Award Winners