Deborah Engler ('06)

Deborah Engler (Ď06):  Attending the Holland and Knight Holocaust Awarement Project changed the curriculum I teach for my high school juniors.

All my students now read NIGHT by Elie Wiesel, as well as write the essay for the contest. I canít require they enter the contest, but all my students are in agreement that they learn more specific information from that unit than any other I teach. It touches their hearts and minds to learn of the atrocities of World War II. Many of my students acknowledge they knew NOTHING about the Holocaust before having my class.

I have donated my collection from Holland and Knight to our school library, as well as having our school librarian add even more books. My students use these materials to research for their research paper on the Holocaust.

Thank you, again, for that never-to-be-forgotten week in Washington, D.C. and for givng me the chance to meet all the survivors and relive their stories with them. The students were wonderful too, and I remember fondly the Holland and Knight staff and their tender care for all of us.

It was a great school year for my students. Iím the journalism coach, and we placed first in state this year at the yearly academic meet in Austin. It was the first time our school had such an achievement. As a result, Iíve been named the coordinator for academics for our high school.

Since being at your wonderful workshop in DC, I have spent each summer doing more National Endowment for the Humanities training in Maine, Massachusetts, and Calfornia. Iíve studied Longfellow, Hawthorne, London, Thoreau, and Twain. Iíve also become a grader for the State of Texas to assess their future English teachersí essays, as well as becoming a grader for College Board with the Advance Placement essays in Daytona Beach, Florida.