Eve Everette, Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo vice-president of education has announced the successful applicants of the second annual 2016 Richard and Roberta Handel Educator’s Conference in Washington D.C.

“We are very pleased with the diversity of applicants this year, said Stephanie O’Donnell, NGI staff. Our goal is to provide concrete teaching tools to educators with a demonstrated commitment to teaching Holocaust and social justice.” “This year, applicants ranged from Niagara Wheatfield to Jamestown, from The Diocese of Buffalo to Buffalo Public Schools, “  added Lori Raybold NGI staff. Raybold is U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow and public school teacher in Hamburg. O’Donnell was trained at the Belfer National Conference (USHMM) and is a teacher at Cardinal O'Hara High School.

This year’s teachers include: Kelly Bacon (English - Kenmore West High School), Shannon Burke-Krukowski (English - Elmwood Village Charter School), Christopher Hurley (Social Studies - Mount St. Mary Academy), Beth Pyskaty (Social Studies - Niagara Wheatfield High School) and Tetyana Sabers (ESL - McKinley High School). 

Open to any accredited secondary educator who is currently teaching in Western New York, the trip costs $50 with flight and hotel covered by the HRC and allows its participants to tour and receive educational materials from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, as well as the United States Institute for Peace. In doing so, it is hoped that each teacher will be more capable of helping their students connect the study of the Holocaust to the world today. The trip is led by New Generation Initiative staff members who have been trained by the USHMM.

The HRC is deeply grateful to Richard and Roberta Handel, whose generosity makes this trip possible.