The Spirit of Anne Frank Awards
 

The Ms. Joan & Mr. Ira Berman
and Ms. Carol & Mr. David Edell
2008 Outstanding Educator Award

Eileen ShapiroEILEEN SHAPIRO has worked for the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, as a classroom teacher, a primary resource teacher, and a Title I School Support Specialist. After a six-month leave of absence to pursue independent Holocaust Studies in Eastern Europe and Israel, Mrs. Shapiro was hired by the Department of Multicultural Education as the Program Planner for Holocaust Studies. In this position, she is responsible for promoting Holocaust awareness and understanding to teachers and students through teacher training seminars, student awareness days, and a curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grades.

Eileen is a member of the State of Florida's Commissioner's Task Force on Holocaust Education. She developed the program and led the first group of non-Jewish high school students who went on the March of the Living to visit concentration camps in Poland. She also created and directed an adult study tour into the heart of the Holocaust called March of the Educators for Palm Beach County teachers and administrators. She serves on the Education Committee of the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation and was instrumental in developing the Bar and Bat Mitzvah project called Aliyah of Remembrance. She produced a self-study guide for teachers and administrators for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., where she leads an educators' seminar each year, and also to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg. The Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews sent Eileen to a Facing History and Ourselves training in Boston where she returned with a vision of how the study of history can impact students, present and future. With her guidance, many of Palm Beach County's high schools now offer a Holocaust elective. She was chosen by the International Reading Association/Children's Book Council as one of five people nationally to be a Children's Choice Team Leader. Under her guidance, selected schools read and evaluate more than $200,000 worth of books, determining the Children's Choice top 100 selections. Eileen frequently presents at conferences around the country, including the International Reading Conference. However, to date, Eileen's greatest achievement is having been raised to the status of Grandma by Corey, Samantha, Tali, Jacob, and Maya!

 

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