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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Educator Award

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Dr. Anna Steinberger Oustanding Educator Award

Jerrilynn Miller

Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School
Beaumont, Texas

4th Annual Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Educator Award winner, Mrs. Jerrilynn Miller

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission notified Mrs. Jerrilynn Miller from Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in Beaumont, Texas during a surprise virtual ceremony on May 20, 2020. Mrs. Miller has worked at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School since 2014 and teaches English, World Geography, and a special topic course in Holocaust Literature of her own design.

Mrs. Miller's dedication to Holocaust education is not only seen in how she teaches her students, but in the trainings and seminars in which she has participated, as well. A United States Holocaust Memorial Museum teacher fellow since 2018, Mrs. Miller attended the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Teachers in 2010. Since then, she has been committed to attending an array of conferences and workshops in Texas and around the world, including those with: the THGC, Region 10 Education Service Center, Holocaust Museum Houston (Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute), Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (Alfred Lerner Fellowship Summer Institute for Teachers at Columbia University), and Echoes & Reflections Advanced Learning Seminar at Yad Vashem.

The award's namesake and donor, founding commissioner of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, Dr. Anna Steinberger of Houston was present for the virtual ceremony. Dr. Steinberger said, "My deepest gratitude goes to dedicated teachers, like Mrs. Miller, and organizations like the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission and Holocaust Museum Houston for educating people that hatred and prejudice can lead to disasters like the Holocaust, and that ALL people must learn to live in peace with mutual respect regardless of differences in appearance, background or religion!"

Read the full press release.

Read Mrs. Miller's thank you letter to Dr. Steinberger

Virtual Surprise Ceremony

When the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission and Friends of the THGC award the Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Educator Award of $1,000, we traditionally travel to the winner's school and surprise them. Due to travel constraints and the need to practice social distancing on account of COVID-19, the THGC had to improvise this year! Many thanks to Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School and principal, Mr. Roger Bemis, for helping coordinate our surprise for Mrs. Miller!

Watch Mrs. Miller's surprise!

The application period for the 4th Annual Steinberger Award has closed.

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) 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 THGC 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 are eligible to apply.

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

Download last year's flyer for a reference to details.

Information about the 5th Annual Dr. Anna Steinberger Outstanding Educator Award will be provided later this year.

Requirements

"I love teaching and know what I do is important, but teaching the lessons of the Holocaust and helping young people recognize and stand up to hate is the most important part of my job. In my classroom students are challenged to think of ways to make this a better world for everyone. We learn lessons from the tragedies of the past and those teach us how we can help ourselves and, more importantly, others."

-Jerrilynn Miller, 2020 Dr. Steinberger Award Winner | Msgr. Kelly Catholic High School, Beaumont, TX

Past Steinberger Award Winners