2015 Distinguished Educator of the Year

With the annual Distinguished Educator Award, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust recognizes outstanding educators in the fields of Holocaust education, human rights, civil rights, and character development whose work: 
  • Exemplifies a passion to eradicate prejudice and discrimination  
  • Demonstrates qualities of moral courage, a sense of moral responsibility, and a respect for diversity and humanity
  • Inspires others by being a role model, exhibiting physical and moral courage, personal integrity, and a sense of moral responsibility in his/her own behavior
  • Connects students to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and assists them in translating what they have learned to the choices that they will have to make
  • Ensures that future generations are prepared to become engaged citizens, make good choices and take responsibility for their own actions
Holocaust education, at its best, can be transformative, inspiring students to improve the world in which we live.
The Distinguished Educator award is presented to a full-time Georgia educator of grades 5-12.  This educator will have demonstrated excellence and creativity in the development and presentation of lessons about the Holocaust, human rights, civil rights, or character development, and in doing so, motivated students to become active members of their communities, locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. 
Award recipient will receive:
  • Statewide recognition
  • Name placed on permanent plaque located at the Anne Frank in the World exhibit
  • Recognition on the official Georgia Commission on the Holocaust website www.holocaust.georgia.gov
  • A plaque honoring the educator as a gift to hang in the recipient's school
  • Official presentation of award at the State Capitol of Georgia
  • $500 for educational materials

Click here to apply.


The applicant must currently be an educator of grades 5-12 at a Georgia public, private, or charter school.


All applications must be submitted online by March 17, 2015.


All apllicants must submit online via this form. Applications consist of the following components:
I. Educator Information 
This page requires contact information and a headschot or school photo.
II. Criteria
This page requires a cover letter, using the criteria listed above, to describe the work you do and the audiences you address.
III. Letters of Support
This portion requires documentation of the following:
  • 1 letter of support from a school administrator
  • 2 letters of support from individuals who are familiar with your work, in school and/or in the community
IV. Rubric Components
The rubric components can be previewed via this link. Each component requires 1-3 corresponding document(s), the approximate date(s), and approximate audience size. 
  • In-school activities that include work related to the Holocaust, other genocides and/or human rights
  • Out-of-School activities that relate to the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights
  • Out-of-School activities related to civic involvement, active citizenship and community involvement (Demonstrates involvement in the community beyond the school walls)
  • Supplementary Documentation (optional)