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Don Estridge Middle School Sixth Grade Learning Team Leader Annette Levine is being honored next week by the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at Florida Atlantic University. She has been selected as the Middle School Exemplary Holocaust Educator for her leadership in establishing Holocaust studies in all sixth grade language arts classes at Don Estridge. She has developed the use of literature circles and the Socratic Seminar to engage students in the study of the Holocaust and human rights topics in ways that have enhanced their ability to understand and to articulate their commitment to building a just and tolerant world.

Ms. Levine, a district employee since 2001, has been a teacher at the Boca Raton School since it opened seven years ago and said she believes this work is vital because she doesn’t want genocides to be repeated. “My hope is to teach my students to become involved in what is happening in the world—I want them to have the confidence to speak up, not only for themselves but against the wrongs they see inflicted on a daily basis,” she stated.

Dr. Rose Gatens, Center director, said Ms. Levine has utilized her own professional development training in Holocaust and Human Rights to benefit her colleagues as well as her students. “Her principal, department chair, and colleagues have all remarked on Annette’s contributions to learning at Don Estridge,” she stated.

The National Board Certified teacher also used her resourcefulness to engage Lynn University so their Nuremberg Trail documents were used to teach the entire 6th grade about the consequences of the Holocaust and the difficult task of bringing perpretrators to justice. Ms. Levine and two other educators will be honored for their work at the appreciation dinner scheduled for January 13. For more details, contact Dr. Gatens, 561-297-2929 or email rgatens@fau.edu.

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