Powell Fellows

2023 Powell Advanced Summer Institute 

August 1-3, 2023 | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle 

Applications have closed for 2023

2023 Theme: Identity and complex questions about the Holocaust

The Holocaust Center for Humanity offers an intensive 3-day advanced summer institute designed for teachers of grades 8-12 who have been actively teaching the Holocaust for more than three years. Existing Powell Fellows are encouraged to apply.

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Program Details

In a collaborative environment, attendees will:

  • Investigate the role social and cultural factors play in shaping identity
  • Explore in-depth topics of the Holocaust, resistance, and memory
  • Gain an understanding of the history and peace process related to the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Gain practical tools to bring these lessons effectively to their students
  • Identify and use materials that align with Common Core State Standards
  • Hear from national scholars, local experts, and experienced educators
  • Take part in field trips to areas of interest

Accommodations will be provided. | Seminar is limited to 20 participants. | Teachers in the Pacific Northwest states are given first priority. | 24 Clock Hours

Participants will explore topics related to Holocaust history, identity, resistance, memory and memorials, and contemporary issues.

Each day will focus on selected themes and will include reference and discussion of today’s world and practical applications for the classroom. 

Previous Cohorts

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2019 Powell Fellows at the Anne Frank Tree, Seattle Center. With sponsors Nancy Powell and Carol Heller. 

Powell Fellows 2019

Monica Bouten, Mead High School, Spokane | Christina Dahms, West Seattle High School, Seattle | Sandra Garcia, Theodore Roosevelt Middle School, Glendale, CA | Casie Greve, Coupeville Middle School, Coupeville | Brandon Hollen, On Track Academy, Spokane | Leslie Mickel, Inglewood Middle School, Sammamish | Jakub Niewinski, Hipolit Cegielski Middle School, Goslina, Poland | Andrew Olmsted, Libby Center, Spokane, WA | Michael Ready, Centralia High School, Centralia | Paul Regelbrugge, Meeker Middle School, Renton | Anita Rucioch-Golek, Arkady Fiedler Primary School, Zbaszyn, Poland | Renee Stern, Franklin High School, Seattle | Marie Stromberg-Wojcik, Portland Waldorf High School, Milwaukie, OR | Ana Talavera, Olympia High School, Olympia | Bridget Wallis, Einstein Middle School, Shoreline | Jana White, St. Joseph School, Issaquah

Powell Fellows 2018

Jeanine Bator, Toppenish Middle School, Toppenish | Jillian Cornock, Constable Neil Bruce Middle School, Kelowna, BC, Canada | Gerrie Cunningham, Assumption St. Bridget, Seattle | Emily Demmert, Blatchley Middle School, Sitka, AK | Mari Halley, St. John, Seattle | Jennifer Hampton, Mariner High School, Everett | Janet Hong, Stahl Jr. High, Puyallup | Erzsebet Jager, Visiting Teacher, Hungary | Jennie Kelly, A.G. West Black Hills High School, Tumwater | Randee Kissinger, Maywood Middle School, Renton | Emily Marsh, Foster High School, Tukwila |  Emily Mullin, St. Joseph, Seattle | Bogdan Paraschivoiu, Omni Middle School, Boca Raton, FL |  Paula Patterson, St. Louise Parish School, Bellevue | Heather Robison, Garfield High School, Seattle | Elaine Simons, Interagency High School, Seattle | Betsy Sims, St. Joseph School, Missoula, MT | Mariusz Sokolowski, Visiting Teacher, Poland | Heidi Thorley, Lighthouse Christian Center, Puyallup | Stella Toth, Visiting Teacher, Hungary | Jessica van Son, Cascade Middle School, Longview

Powell Fellows 2017

Andrea Bault, Naches Valley Middle School, Naches | Marianne Clarke, Tops K-8, Seattle | Jo Cripps, Licton Springs K-8, Seattle | Nikki Fast, Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma | Karen Floyd, Central Valley High School, Spokane | Kristin Gerhardt, Puyallup High School, Puyallup | Christina Hilderbrand, Northwest Christian, Colbert | Zsolt Homonnai, Thomas Mann, Debrecen, Hungary | Jamie Kahana, Seattle Hebrew Academy, Seattle | Erin Landvatter, Kingston High School, Kingston | Katarzyna Laziuk, Polska Macierz Szkolna High School, Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland | Adam MacDonald, Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee | Julia Machnowska, Forum for Dialogue, Poland | Alexandra McIntyre, Mulgrave Scool, Vancouver , BC, Canada | Andrea Soroko Naar, Garfield High School, Seattle | Kelsey Otto, Onalaska High School, Onalaska | Kim Pesik, Einstein Middle School, Shoreline | Bill Proser, Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho | Peter Sandor, Budapest, Hungary | Emily Schiessl, Mariner High School, Everett | Christine Sorenson, Lakeside Jr. Sr. High School, Plummer, Idaho | Melissa Tatum, Showalter Middle School, Tukwila

Powell Fellows 2016

Nance Adler, Jewish Day School, Bellevue | Branda Anderson, Kamiak High School, Mukilteo | Lauren Bear, Holy Family Parish School, Kirkland | Toni Canady, Snoqualmie Valley School District | Rosemary Conroy, St. Luke School, Shoreline | Megan Corbin, Showalter Middle School, Tukwila | Holly Cotton, Seattle World School, Seattle | Carolyn Hall, Roosevelt High School, Seattle | Alan Kahn, Garfield High School, Seattle | Kristy Koch, Reardan Edwall School District | Pia Longinotti, Freeman High School, Freeman | Wendy Muscat-Tyler, St. Andrew's High School, Victoria, BC, Canada | Heidi Pouley, Archdiocese of Seattle | Sarah Richard, Sherwood Charter School, Sherwood, Oregon | Debbie Robinson, Meridian Middle School, Kent | Jenai Sheffels, Tesla Stem High School, Redmond | Susan Sieg, Seattle Christian School, SeaTac | Graeme Stacey, Kelowna Secondary School, Kelowna, BC, Canada | Violetta Tarnowska, Warsaw, Poland | Sarah Thomas, Rochester High School, Rochester | Nickie Travis, Renton School District | Karla Tripoli, Seattle Christian School, SeaTac | Julie Wilson, Glacier View Jr. High, Puyallup

2023 Powell Advanced Summer Institute