On March 8th, The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center awarded Florida DEN STAR Mary McCullagh with the highest honor that a teacher can receive from their organization – the Teacher of the Year Award. The HDEC Award Committee reviews the contributions of exceptional teachers from Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, and selects only one award recipient whose contributions in Holocaust education are remarkable and outstanding, surpassing those of all other teachers in South Florida. “Ms. Mary T. McCullagh meets this very high standard and we are honored to name her our Teacher of the Year,” said Amanda McGee, Director of Eduation Outreach for the HDEC.
For the past 18 years, Ms. McCullagh has attended the HDEC’s prejudice reduction programs called Student Awareness Days. She has volunteered her time and expertise to help students obtain the full benefit of the experience. In addition, each year she organizes one of these unique programs at Christopher Columbus High School, where approximately 350 students have the opportunity to sit with Holocaust Survivors and ask them questions about their experiences. This program was the first of its kind at any private school in Florida. Furthermore, she has both attended and presented at the HDEC’s Teacher Institute on Holocaust Education sponsored by the Florida Department of Education and serves as a member of the Florida Commissioner’s Task Force on Holocaust Education and is on the Educational Consultants’ Committee of the HDEC.
In addition to this great news, in November 2012, Mrs. McCullagh was honored at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference as the Top Fellow of the Year by the Transatlantic Outreach Program. The award was given to her in appreciation for her dedication to fostering German-American relations in the Social Studies classroom and beyond.
Mary has also been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Council for the Social Studies for the term 2012-2015.
Have you been recognized in your local newspaper? Have you been published? Were you featured in an article or nominated for an award? We know STAR Discovery Educators are doing amazing things, but we don’t always hear about it. So take a moment to toot your own horn. Tell us about it. We want to brag about you too!