The 2010 Irena Sendler Award for the United States was presented to Lee Holder of North Lenoir High in La Grange, NC.
Mr. Holder writes:
I currently teach at North Lenoir High School in LaGrange, North Carolina. I teach United States History and three elective classes on the Holocaust and Modern Genocide. We were one of the first high schools in the state to offer an elective on the Holocaust and currently just fewer than 10 percent of the school’s students are enrolled in the class. I am also honored to be a long time member of the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust. I conduct Holocaust and Genocide education workshops, co-manage several state wide traveling exhibits, and run a free Holocaust and Genocide lending library based at our school. I am a 2005-2006 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow. I also have the privilege of being the teacher facilitator at the Appalachian State University Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies' Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium. The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) conducts an annual Gathering of Holocaust Educators in Cullowhee, North Carolina and I have had the great opportunity to be an active participant in that wonderful program. I was also able to travel with NCCAT to Germany and Poland for an extensive study of Holocaust sites in the summer of 2008. I am married to Cathy Travis Holder and we have a wonderful 7th grade daughter named Holly Juliana.
The 2010 Irena Sendler Award was presented in Warsaw, Poland on June 21st at the Ministry of Education. This is the fourth year of the award presentation.
The recipient was Marzanna Pogorzelska, teacher of English at Kozle High School, in Kedzierzyn, Poland.
Marzanna is leader of an Amnesty International group that is active in her school. She puts into practice projects focused on multicultural, inter-cultural education and human rights. She encourages local citizens and students from local schools to be engaged in these activities.
Polish Nominees this year were:
- Jakub Niewiński, Murowana Goślina
- Małgorzata Rusiłowicz, Białystok
- Grażyna Ferenc, Kęty
- Joanna Olender, Warszawa
- Grzegorz Bożek, Krosno
- Katarzyna Ludwiniak, Warszawa
- Lucyna Gizińska, Łódź
The Irena Sendler Award ‘For Repairing the World’ is a monetary gift which goes annually to one teacher in Poland for their innovative and inspirational teaching of Holocaust education. This teaching must reflect Irena Sendler’s respect for all people regardless of background. The Irena Sendler Award is presented by the Children of the Holocaust and the Life in a Jar Foundation. Child saved by Irena, Elzbieta Ficowska, is the head of organizers for the Award. The CEE with Iga Kazimierczyk, takes a large part of the direction for the award. Judges are Jewish suriviors and leaders in education. Life in a a Jar is a non-profit foundation which creates exciting history and social studies projects with teachers around the world.