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!"
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